Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 by five phenomenal women: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, and Pearl Neal. These extraordinary women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood.
Zeta incorporates our national initiative Z. H.O.P.E. (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) into each chapter management and activities; these programs focus on improving the mind, body and spirit of women, youth, seniors, men, and international women. Zeta also works closely with the March of Dimes in facilitating our nationally recognized Stork’s Nest program.
Zeta Phi Beta is also the first national sorority to charter a chapter in Africa (1948), form adult and youth auxiliary groups (the Amicae and Archonettes), to become involved in the Human Genome Project, and to be the first and ONLY organization constitutionally bound to a brotherhood fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.