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University of Alabama Sorority Member Honored

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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.

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