Kaye Allen, February 26,
As I have been told by my
sister-in-law, Gloria Allen who was a member of that class, the Steelton High
graduating Class of 1951 rebelled against the segregated prom feature that had
existed for so many years. In an effort that was spearheaded by certain black
students and the liberal thinking whites of that class, an alternative prom was
developed and funded by the students themselves and held at the then newly
renovated Steelton Elks on Adams Street. The following year (1952), my husband's
graduating class continued the "Self-help" prom concept at the same location.
Since we left the area shortly thereafter, we are not sure how long that effort
lasted. From all reports, the students who wanted to participate in these
"social paradigm shifts" had a great time and laid the groundwork for life-long
friendships...contrary to the beliefs of the "old guard."
note: Ms. Allen provides some wonderful new information regarding
this topic. Does anyone remember these events and know how long
More information: See Calobe Jackson's letter
of September 14, 2003, regarding Steelton Proms.
See the photograph from
Sheila Green Stevenson of Steelton students in prom attire.
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