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Cleo Thomas, a longtime fixture in Anniston's legal circles, is the former city attorney for the city.
Recently, Tuscaloosa's Board of Education election was lathered in talk of corruption when a recent University of Alabama graduate won a board seat in part because of unusual support from students there -- support from The Machine, the secret on-campus political group that dominates all things Greek and influential at UA.
Last week, the Crimson White, the university newspaper, published a story about a qualified black student who was denied a spot in any of the school's white sororities.
On Sunday, the Times did a story about the school board election, the black sorority applicant and the role race plays in university politics.
In the story, the Times pointed out that there has been only one black SGA president in UA history.
His name, as we know well here in Anniston, is Cleo Thomas.
The Times wrote, "When the Machine has faltered, it has adjusted. Cleophus Thomas Jr. beat a Machine candidate to become Alabama’s first black student government president in 1976, in large part because of the votes of sorority members. Not long after, sororities were allowed into the Machine for the first time. There have been few non-Machine presidents, and no black presidents, since."
-- Phillip Tutor