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Student speaks about how her voice helped desegregate UA sororities

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University of Alabama student Melanie Gotz talked with ABC 33/40 about her decision to speak out against the racial divide in the greek system on campus. (abc3340.com) University of Alabama student Melanie Gotz talked with ABC 33/40 about her decision to speak out against the racial divide in the greek system on campus. (abc3340.com)
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Just last Friday, University of Alabama President, Dr. Judy Bonner announced sororities on campus had integrated.  Bids were extended to 11 African American women and four had accepted.  It all started because of Melanie Gotz.  "I cried. I cried when I found out. I had not idea this would all happen," Gotz tells ABC 33/40.

Gotz is a Senior.  She says she had witnessed the racial divide among Greeks since she arrive at the university three years ago.  But during rush this year..."it was so many years of wrong that we just needed to make right," Gotz added.

So when the Crimson White, the school's student newspaper, called twe weeks ago and asked her if she would interview, Gotz didn't hesitate.  For her, it wasn't just about race.  "Because I had my heart broken for girls not being able to come through -- through our system and when this all came up it was so much bigger than a girl not coming through -- but a girl not coming through because of her skin color," she said.

Since Gotz spoke out in the print article, former student leaders at the school have taken out newspaper ads showing support.  Many in the student body rallied last week to end Greek segregation.  However, Gotz disappeared from the light because she felt a story that aired on CNN misrepresented here sorority.

"The CNN story made it seem like Alpha Gam was the only sorority to have this huge scam going on but its every sorority," Gotz said. "Every sorority has had these issues of race and segregation."

Gotz says she is having to mend relationships within her sorority sisters but she doesn't regret taking a stand.  "I just feel proud that I was able to be a part of this out of all the other girls and people that working toward it. Its crazy I'm one of the bigger faces for it. Because so many others deserve the credit."

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