By Mark Memmott

Their national officers had already said back in January that members could no longer wear Confederate uniforms at social functions or while marching, so this news may not be too big a surprise:

The Crimson White student newspaper at the University of Alabama reports that "Kappa Alpha's president says the fraternity has canceled its annual Old South parade a year after the event was charged as racially insensitive following an incident involving a historically black sorority." Last year's parade " stopped in front of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's house as the historically black group was holding an event celebrating its 35th anniversary," the Associated Press says. "The incident upset many of the group's alumnae."

Kappa Alpha, AP adds, "was founded in 1865 at Washington & Lee University -- a school partly named for the Confederate general, and the group calls Robert E. Lee its 'spiritual founder.' It has about 130 chapters nationwide."

categories: National News

2:04 - April 22, 2010