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For One Night is a 2006 film is based on the true story of Gerica McCrary, who made headlines in 2002 by getting Taylor County High School in her hometown of Butler, Georgia, to integrate the prom after thirty-one years of segregation. It stars Raven-Symoné as Brianna McCallister and Aisha Tyler as Desiree Howard. The movie was filmed in summer 2005 in Louisiana just before Hurricane Katrina.

For One Night
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Directed byErnest R. Dickerson
Written byDee Harris-Lawrence
Aisha Tyler
Jason Lewis
Sam Jones III
Edited byStephen Lovejoy
Distributed byLifetime Movie Network
Release date
  • February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)
CountryUnited States

The movie was written by Dee Harris-Lawrence. This film is the first drama role in the career of Raven-Symoné and disengaged from the Disney Channel.



Inspired by the true story of an African American teenager who shook up a small town where high school proms had been racially segregated for decades. Amid the protests of the community and with the help of a newspaper reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the story, the two women are able to reverse decades of racist tradition and make history, at least for one night.

The movie is based on events that occurred in Taylor County, Georgia in 2002. It was filmed at Riverdale High School in Jefferson Louisiana in 2005.


In an interview with the film director, Raven-Symoné said that she had to gain weight for the lead role, along with getting a Southern accent.[citation needed]



The end of the movie (prom scene) features Raven-Symoné's song "Gravity".[1]



  • The film was released on iTunes. On July 31, 2012 the film was released in a package of 4 Lifetime movies on DVD titled 'Surviving High School'.[2] In Sept.2012 it got its own DVD release through A&E Entertainment.

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