Black group seeks end of ‘Old South’ days at ‘Bama

Associated Press – April 29, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Members of a black sorority are asking the University of Alabama to end the annual “Old South” celebration staged by a white fraternity.

In a petition sent to President Robert Witt, alumni members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority said the “Old South” festivities put on by the Kappa Alpha Order are offensive.

The school hasn’t responded. But a national executive of the Kappa Alpha fraternity said officials are investigating what happened during last weekend’s “Old South” event in Tuscaloosa.

Members of the black group say white students dressed in Confederate uniforms and carrying rebel flags held an annual parade that stopped in front of the black sorority’s house.

The timing was coincidental, but the sorority members say they were taken aback by the display.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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