White sororities admit black students at University of Alabama

Alabama student Yardena Wolf, right, of Corvalis, Ore., speaks to other students who gathered for a march on the Rose Administration Building to protest the university's segregated sorority system on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Dave Martin / AP

Black women are joining traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama amid efforts to end racial segregation within Greek-letter social groups. 

University President Judy Bonner said Friday that four black students and two other minority students have accepted bids to pledge white sororities. 

The move comes after a protest march across campus and complaints following a student newspaper report about some sororities rejecting prospective members because of their race last month. 

The university changed recruitment rules in an attempt to make it easier for the groups to accept minority members. 

A few blacks have joined white groups in the past and vice versa, but most groups have remained segregated. 

Bonner has called for "systemic" change in Greek organizations at Alabama, where about one-quarter of the undergraduates are members.

The Associated Press


University of Alabama president pushes sororities to end segregation