Instead of “skee-wee’n” their way into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Howard University seniors Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield seemingly hope to sue their way in.
The two filed a lawsuit in federal court on February 28, accusing the sorority of violating their human rights, and also claimed that Howard University did nothing to protect them from being hazed.
The Washington City Paper reports that the trouble started during the spring semester of 2010, when the two were invited to “Ivy Day,” which is a ceremony “for outgoing and prospective AKA members.”
“Some of the ‘hazing’ rules sound innocuous, if extensive, like being forbidden to wear the sorority’s colors of pink and green or any colors that could be blended into pink and green. In one humorous moment, the lawsuit notes that the pledges, who were called the “sweets,” couldn’t even wear white pearls,” the paper reports.
The paper went on to say that the pledges were told that they were forbidden to talk to “non-sorority” members at Howard, and according to a complaint to the sorority written by Laurin’s mother, “[Alpha Kappa Alpha members] on campus addressed the sweets by calling them weak b*****s.”
After a second attempt at pledging, the two were told they were denied because there was a “cap” on inducting new sisters and there was nothing the sorority could do about it. Both students’ mothers are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest African American sorority for women, and feel that they are being discriminated against because they are legacies, hence the emphasis on “human rights.”
The ladies reportedly feel like they are being treated differently because of their “familial status,” and as a result of the lawsuit, they want the court to place an injunction that would freeze the pledging process.
The sorority hopefuls are being represented by J. Wyndal Gordon, and neither the HBCU, the sorority, nor their attorney has spoken out on the matter.
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