Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., is a Black Greek letter Organization founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University by five triumphant women.
The Founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, were strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are indeed a worthy foundation upon which to base our illustrious Sorority. Our Founders and First Trailblazers are: Arizona Cleaver
Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts.
Our trailblazers envisioned a sorority which would directly invoke positive change, raise consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, foster a greater sense of unity among its' members, and chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond.
These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.
Their mission was to eliminate these things, and it was completed when they began Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
With scholarship as our first principle, we continue to encourage our members to achieve high
grade point averages, host study halls, and provide tutoring to others. Members of our chapter are exemplary
as we have members of Phi Beta Kappa, the Dean’s List, Honors Programs and consistently achieving 4.0
semester GPAs. This chapter has the highest GPA out of all the Divine Nine organizations on Howard University's campus.
Service is our second principle, and for 100 years we have remained action-oriented,
continued trailblazing new paths, retaining high academic scholarship, and assisting our community.
With our current members of Alpha chapter, we have gone above and beyond to achieve
the goals we set at the beginning of the year. As a service organization, each member completes
at least 30 hours of service per semester.
Sisterhood is our third principle and is evident in our everyday life through our genuine and
transparent interactions with each other. Sisterhood is more than just within our organization, it
includes helping all women. Whether that is hosting programs about self-confidence or giving
advice to young women in various schools, we commit to aiding all women in the world.
Finer Womanhood is what sets us apart. Being a Finer Woman means working on yourself to
become a better you and also making sure those around you do the same. Our mission to improve
our community will not be complete if we are not also improving ourselves.