Jewish Sorority at UAB Elects First Black President

The surge of controversy around racial discrimination among University of Alabama’s majority white sororities has finally resulted in some change.

Hannah Patterson, a 22-year-old member of Sigma Delta Tau, has been elected president of a historically Jewish sorority, WBRC-TV reports.

Patterson is just one of four African-American members in the organization. She became a member through informal recruitment after she was unable to find a suitable fit during the formal recruitment period.

“We’re welcoming of any girl that wants to join our chapter and best fits our chapter,” Regina Broda, former Sigma Delta Tau president, told The Crimson White.

According to Patterson, race was never a factor in her sorority decision.

“I never saw color or race or ethnicity. It’s never been in the front of my mind,” Patterson told the Huffington Post. “I tried to never let it hinder anything I did or judge people on that. I guess I never really thought about, ‘Oh, I’m the first African-American that has been president.’ I’m just excited for my term and to see where my chapter has gone and where it is going to go.”

This historic change comes on the heels of heated debates at the campus over revealed patterns of segregation and discrimination with the school’s Pan-Hellenic Greek system.


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