TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ A black man has joined an all-white fraternity at the University of Alabama, becoming the first man to break the color barrier in a Greek-letter group on the campus.

The man, who did not want his name made public, joined an undisclosed fraternity this fall after the traditional recruitment period called rush, university spokeswoman Janet Griffith said Wednesday.

The lack of blacks in the university's traditionally white fraternities and sororities was an issue earlier this year after a black woman failed to gain a membership invitation from any white sorority.

The woman, Melody Twilley, said she suspected she was rejected because of her race.

Faculty leaders and administrators said at the time they were unaware of any blacks having joined white groups, but white sororities have since said they had two black members in the past, Griffith said.