University of Alabama Sorority Member Honored

Melanie Gotz

The University of Alabama sorority member who spoke out against segregation among Greek organizations on campus was honored at a banquet celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.{}{} {}Melanie Gotz was recognized at an awards ceremony held by local colleges and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.{}{} {}

The university's student newspaper quoted Gotz last year when she mentioned how alumnae of her all-white sorority blocked undergraduates from accepting a qualified prospective member because she was black. Her statement made headlines across the nation. Although the article referenced several anonymous sources, Gotz allowed reporters to use her name.{}{} {}The story prompted university administrators to implement a new round of bidding that led to 23 minority students accepting membership in traditionally white sororities.