UPDATE: Former UA student leaders back Greek integration

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Former student leaders at the University of Alabama are supporting more diversity within the school's racially segregated sorority and fraternity system.

Kenneth Mullinax says he and 17 other former campus leaders pooled $1,000 to purchase a newspaper ad supporting integration of both white and black Greek-letter groups.

Mullinax says the advertisement is scheduled to appear in the student newspaper Thursday.

Sponsors of the ad include former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley and Rob Riley, son of former Gov. Bob Riley.

Mullinax is a spokesman at Alabama State University in Montgomery, but he says he was a fraternity member and part of the powerful campus group known as The Machine while a student at Alabama.

Recent reports in Alabama's student newspaper highlighted segregated sororities, prompting administrators to order changes in recruitment.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Several hundred people were marching at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school's Greek-letter social organizations.

The marchers headed from the university library Wednesday morning to the administration building, where the president's office is. The group was gathered on the steps of the administration building Wednesday morning. They stood behind a large banner that said "Last stand in the schoolhouse door."

Faculty Senate President Steve Miller had announced the demonstration at a Faculty Senate meeting, where professors spoke out against long-standing racial segregation in fraternities and sororities.

School President Judy Bonner issued a video statement acknowledging the system is segregated by race.

Bonner's statement came days after the student newspaper published a story detailing allegations of racial bias in sorority recruitment.

The university is revising recruitment rules.


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