Things are turning around at the University of Alabama after a news article publicized race discrimination at the Southern school.
School President Judy Bonner issued a video statement last night to encourage the increasing of diversity on the campus, which is exactly what the school is doing.
According to USA Today, black students are now being invited to pledge sororities that are mostly white, and 72 bids have been made. Of those, 4 black women have been accepted, and two of other minorities joined them.
The site reports:
The several-minute video was the second released this week by the president sinceThe Crimson White, the campus news organization, published a piece detailing how the daughter of a state senator and granddaughter of a trustee – a young woman with high grades – was denied a chance to pledge 16 of the primarily white sororities on campus. The piece painted a picture of a staunchly segregated Panhellenic system on campus controlled, in some cases and in part, by alumni.
The piece has drawn attention to the campus desegregated in 1963 by two black students who managed to make their way past a physical blockade created by segregationist Gov. George Wallace. Since The Crimson White piece appeared, students on campus have marched to profess their commitment to diversity and a Facebook page called UA Stands has cropped up in which students, alumni and others interested in the situation on campus share information.
Judy Bonner also said in the video:
“This campus will be a place of inclusion and opportunity for all. We will do the right thing, for the right reason, the right way.”
This is great progress for the school, and we hope to see it increase even more!
SOURCE: USA Today