• In this Aug. 17, 2013 photo, female students at the University of Alabama prepare to run from Bryant-Denny Stadium to their new sorority houses after receiving their bids in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The university is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of discrimination in the Greek-letter organizations, which University President Judy Bonner acknowledged on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, are segregated by race. (Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

    White Tide

    Alabama’s Segregated Sororities

    The University of Alabama’s Greek system has been accused of shutting out black pledges—and now students are demanding an end to the discrimination.

    Around 400 students and faculty filled the steps outside the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They marched to the Rose Administration Building, holding a sign that read “The Final Stand in the Schoolhouse Door.” 

    This was not 1963, when Gov. George Wallace stood defiantly at an auditorium at the University of Alabama to prevent two black students from attending school. Rather this protest was held some 50 years later, on Wednesday, September 18, as the University of Alabama was forced into the national spotlight for ugly segregation once more.