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National history

Approach all things with a strong mind, a brave heart and an unshakable commitment to service.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 16,1920, as a community-conscious, action-oriented organization.


Arizona Cleaver, Pearl A. Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, and Fannie Pettie Watts with the guidance and encouragement of A. Langston Taylor and Charles Robert Taylor, two members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Through the vision of our pearls, the sorority was based on the founding principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood. Our founders believed that the community would benefit from the relationship of a true brother/sister organization therefore, Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma are the first and only Black Greek-letter organizations to be constitutionally bound.


Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-lettered organization to form adult and youth auxiliary groups. Zeta Phi Beta was also the first Greek letter to charter a chapter in Africa (1948). Zeta Phi Beta has grown to more than 700 graduate and undergraduate chapters with over 100,000 members located throughout the U.S., Germany, West Africa, Italy, South Korea, the Bahamas, Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands.


From the Sorority's inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority's nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 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.


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