Zeta Phi Beta

"The Epitome of Finer Womanhood"


Sorority History

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five illustrious women. These five women, our Five Pearls were: Arizona Cleaver Stemmons, Viola Tyler Goings, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Pearl A.Neal and Fannie Pettie Watts. These women believed in the need for a new and different type of Greek-lettered organization based on the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. The foundation laid by our founders has been traversed by thousands of women dedicated to upholding the objectives and ideals of the sorority. Assisting our founders in establishing a well rounded, self sustaining, and innovative organization were two Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.: A. Langston Taylor and Charles R. Taylor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was the first Greek-letter organization to be constitutionally bound to a brother organization, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

Zeta’s national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation; community outreach services; and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given countless hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Zeta was first to charter a chapter in Africa (1948), to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, and to centralize its operations in a national headquarters. As an international service organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has over 100,000 members in more than 50 chapters including: West Africa, West Germany, Bahamas Islands, Virgin Islands, South Korea, and Italy. Our auxiliary groups consist of the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, Pearlettes, Stork's Nest Charity Fund and the Zeta Male Network.

Please feel free to visit our national website, www.zphib1920.org.

Quick Facts

Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Symbol: White Dove
Flower: White Rose
Motto: A community conscious, action-oriented organization

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