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University Of Alabama's Sororities Remain Mostly Segregated

FILE -- In this  Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, about 400 students and faculty members of the Univ. of Alabama march across the
FILE -- In this Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, about 400 students and faculty members of the Univ. of Alabama march across the campus to oppose racial segregation among its Greek-letter social organizations in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The University of Alabama became embroiled in controversy after the student newspaper reported that traditionally white sororities had refused to admit blacks as members because of race. Administrators changed recruitment rules and some of the social organizations admitted minority members, but some faculty members are pushing for systemic changes to prevent a return to nearly total racial segregation among Greek-letter groups. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Silence.

That was the response from an auditorium of 200 University of Alabama Kappa Delta sorority members who, this past fall, were called together to freely and openly discuss ongoing racial diversity issues within their chapter and the campus Greek system as a whole.

Standing before the podium, UA senior and fellow Kappa Delta sister Kirkland Back scanned the assembly for raised hands. Two minutes had passed, Back said, and there wasn’t a gesture in sight. Dead air filled the room.

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