Kappa Alpha's "old south week" bans confederate uniforms

Published: Apr. 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  The National fraternity Kappa Alpha Order (also referred to as KA) is making headlines for what the group has decided not to do anymore.

Old South Week for Kappa Alpha usually means confederate soldier uniforms and cotillion dresses

but the fraternity's national headquarters has forbidden the brothers to wear them during any events and parades

This is in response to an episode last year at the University of Alabama where the fraternity brothers, all dressed in confederate uniforms, paused in front of the African American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, during their annual parade.

Mike Clardy, the Director of Communications for Auburn University, said the order from national headquarters has not affected Auburn's chapter because they haven't had the parade in years, "here at Auburn it's really not an issue for our guys because for them it's an old story. The guys that are here now have never done it because we haven't had it here in auburn since 1992."

Old south week is meant to honor the men who founded the fraternity in 1865 at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia who also fought for the confederacy in the Civil War.

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