CONCORD, Mass. —
It took 69 years, but Shirley Shapiro finally got the accolade she has wanted ever since she was a 21-year-old college student.
Shapiro, 90, became an official member of Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity Nov. 2. The ceremony took place in her West Concord home, Wicked Local reported.
Shapiro was a music student at Boston University in 1948, and was asked to join the music fraternity. She very much wanted to make it happen, but rejected the offer when she discovered African-Americans were barred from joining the BU chapter.
“Who wants to join a group like that?” Shapiro said, recalling the stand she took in 1948.
Rosemary Ames attended the Nov. 2 ceremony in Shapiro’s home.
Ames is the international president of Mu Phi Epsilon. According to its website, the fraternity was founded in 1903 as a sorority for women to advance the cause of music in America. It currently has …
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