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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  • Please Believe

    I don’t even understand why a black girl would want to join/be president of a Jewish sorority. Are there no black sororities on campus? Black sororities with a long, distinguished history committed to the black community and to fighting inequality and discrimination?
    I think sororities and fraternities should remain as is, because I’m a delta and the idea of a non-black president does not sit well with me.

    • Aria Wilson

      Hey fellow Sistagreek :)

      While not in my chapter (I am AKA), the Zetas on my campus had a White Basileus for a couple of years and she was the TRUTH!!

      I dunno….Maybe b/c they have to work EXTRA hard and be phenomenal just to get even a glance from sorors at rush, but she LOVED her organization and was front and center at almost every community service event, drive or forum they had OR ANY Divine-9 org had! Not to mention she could step her behind off!

      So, their non-Black president worked out great for them…I think it may be that she really felt the need to prove herself and not wanting to disappoint her sorors or have them regret putting her on line.

    • BluffCityBelle

      I’m a black woman who joined a Panhellenic sorority, and didn’t even consider a NPHC sorority. The chapters on my campus had a wicked reputation for hazing, one was even on probation during the Freshman semester I was a pledge. I was going to be damned if I let someone beat me, then call me ‘Sister.’

      Also, the networking connections in my NPC sorority are the business. If young ladies don’t even consider NPC membership, they are missing out.