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National History

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C by five extraordinary women.  The Klan was very active during this period and the Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of Black artists and writers in the U.S.  This same year the Volstead Act became effective heralding the start of Prohibition and Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification for the final adoption of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.  The worst and longest economic recession to hit the U.S. would define the end of the decade-The Great Depression.

These women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for Black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. The trail blazed by the founders has been traversed by thousands of women dedicated to the emulation of the objectives and ideals of the Sorority. The Sorority was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes; and to be constitutionally bound to a brother group, 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 untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change. A nonprofit organization, Zeta Phi Beta is incorporated in Washington, D.C. and in the state of Illinois. The Sorority is supported by the dues and gifts of its members.

Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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 untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change.


 

 

A little bit about the State of Iowa...

The State of Iowa is home to more than 100 dedicated and committed Sorors. We are known for our dedication to the thrusts and national initiatives of our beloved Sorority. March of Dimes and Stork's Nest are just a few of the ways the Zetas here take their service to the community seriously. We have 5 graduate chapters and 3 undergraduate chapters located throughout the state with hopes to expand and better serve those in need. 

Soror Testimonials

 
Zeta Changed My Life!

“I think the most impactful part of Zeta for me has been the sisterhood. This sorority has shown me that family is not only by blood. Also knowing that our organization is community conscious and values the needs of people of color.  ”

— Soror Barbara Okeke

Ambition is Contagious!

“Being a Zeta has taught me to be the best version of myself! Constantly being surrounded by intellegent, strong, and impactful women is contagious. I am forever grateful to have so many Sorors that have taught me to always push forward and live out my dreams.”

— Soror Tiara Mays

Zeta Helped me Find Myself!

“Becoming a Zeta was my first step into figuring out who I was as an individual. I realized what my culture meant to me, how to conduct myself as a black woman in society, and overall how to value myself as an individual. I’ve already gained a lot of experience in the past few months, and cannot wait to see what the future holds."

— Soror Jessica Brown

 

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