Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., founded in 1920 at Howard University, purchased their headquarters in 1959. Zeta Phi Beta’s purpose is to foster the ideals of service, scholarship, sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood through civic and cultural endeavors. These ideas are reflected in the sorority’s national programs which rely on members and auxillary groups to provide numerous hours of voluntary service, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

  • <p>The Founders of Zeta - Arizona Clever, Pearl Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, and Fannie Pettie.</p>
  • <p>Gamma Zeta charter members gather for a group photo circa 1952</p>

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  • <p>Sorority founders attend the Founders' Day Banquet of the Metropolitan New York chapter.</p>
  • <p>In the 1930's, Zeta Phi Beta became a charter member of the National Pen-Hellenic Council and worked to support chapters through an enhanced regional structure.</p>

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, by five students - pictured here in 1945 - at Howard University, Washington, D.C. At this time, the Klan was active and the Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of Black artists and writers in the U.S. The worst and longest economic recession to hit the U.S. would define the end of the decade-The Great Depression.

Among many notable members of Zeta Phi Beta, Zora Neale Hurston, author, journalist, anthropologist was an early member of the Alpha Chapter at Howard University.

In the 1930's, Zeta Phi Beta became a charter member of the National Pen-Hellenic Council and worked to support chapters through an enhanced regional structure.

In 1955, the first Amicettes auxiliary group for girls ages 9-13 is formed at Beta Zeta Chapter in Washington, D.C. The Youth Auxialiaries: the Pearlettes, Amicetts, and Archonettes support girls to be leaders in service to their communities.

Held annually, Zeta Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for Zetas to exercise another level of civic responsibility through engaging with Congressional representatives.