White Sorority Invites African American Student To Join

It was a rare occurrence in Tuscaloosa Monday at the school's week-long Rush activities. Gamma Phi Beta, a traditionally white sorority, offered a membership bid to a black student. Carla Ferguson, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, accepted the bid immediately, becoming a rare minority in the sorority. She was the only black female to participate in this year's week-long Rush activities.

Ferguson's mother attended Monday's event and said she was proud of her daughter and the historical moment. In 2000, Christina Houston joined the sorority. Houston described herself as having a mixed racial background. Integration of the university's sororities and fraternities received media scrutiny in 2000 and 2001 when black student Melody Twilley of Camden lost her bid to join a mostly white sorority.