Frat inspired by Robert E. Lee bans Rebel uniforms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A fraternity that traces its roots to Confederate General Robert E. Lee is forbidding members around the country from wearing Rebel uniforms at events after years of complaints.

The Virginia-based Kappa Alpha Order issued new rules saying members aren't allowed to wear Confederate uniforms to parties or during their "Old South" parades, which are a staple on many Southern campuses.

Kappa Alpha was founded at Washington and Lee University - a school partly named for the Confederate general - and the fraternity calls him its "spiritual founder."

The decision follows a flap last spring at the University of Alabama, where a black sorority complained after an Old South parade stopped in front of its house on campus. The Alabama chapter canceled this year's parade, which was set for this week.

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