Hazing evoking Klan lasted years after integration at Ga. college

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Georgia college, Wesleyan, linked to Klan rituals apologizes for ‘pain’ of its history

Wesleyan College students used nooses and other racist symbols during initiation rituals for decades after the school was desegregated. A report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that scores of black students faced these hazing rituals that evoked Ku Klux Klan imagery.

The use of nooses at the women's college in Macon came to a head in the early 1990s when a group of black students spoke out about the racist traditions used during the freshman initiation week at the oldest women's college in America.

Lori Morton was in the group of students who found the symbols offensive. She and other former students said these traditions had a lasting impact that stayed with them for years after they graduated.

“I remember being absolutely terrified,” said Morton, a family therapist and minister from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Go to myAJC.com to read the latest story in the college's history of racism and links to the Klan.

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