Zeta Phi Beta sorority was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Zeta Phi Beta is an international sorority and was the first Greek letter organization to organize a chapter in Africa.
The members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority are often referred to as Zetas. Zeta Phi Beta is a member of the National Panhellenic Council and is the only sorority that is constitutionally bound to a fraternity – Phi Beta Sigma.
The five founders of Zeta Phi Beta sorority were Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These women sought to bring about an organization that was going to help overcome some of the issues that were plaguing society, particularly in the African-American community. Zeta Phi Beta currently has more than 800 chapters throughout the world.
Zeta Phi Beta has partnerships with several national philanthropies such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross and the United Negro College Fund. Zeta Phi Beta also has its own National Education Foundation which awards scholarships to students and conducts research. There is no one official philanthropy associated with Zeta Phi Beta.
“Scholarship, Sisterly Love, Service, Finer Womanhood”
- Sorority colors are royal blue and pure white
- Sorority symbol is the white dove
- Sorority flower is the white rose
- Sorority publication is The Archon
- Sorority headquarters is located in Washington, D.C.
- Nicknames are Zetas and Sisters of the Dove
- Founders are known as “The Five Pearls”
- Only sorority constitutionally bound to a fraternity – Phi Beta Sigma
- First sorority with a chapter in Africa
- Zora Neale Hurston (Author)
- Minnie Ripperton (Singer)
- Sheryl Underwood (Comedienne, 23rd President of Zeta Phi Beta)
- Dionne Warwick (Singer)
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