National History

As the sorority moves toward its centennial, it retains its original zest for excellence. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is poised for perpetual service to mankind into her second century and beyond.

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Zeta Phi Beta National History

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 at Howard University by Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts.

We are an international organization with local undergraduate and graduate chapters throughout the world. The organization’s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach and support of multiple affiliate organizations.

Our founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. We encourage you to visit our national website at for additional information.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority also owes a debt of gratitude to our Sorority's incorporators. From the beginning, Zeta members saw the necessity of ensuring the permanence of the organization. As such, Sorority members Myrtle Tyler, Gladys Warrington, Joanna Houston, Josephine F. Johnson and L.O. Goldia Smith first incorporated Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on March 30, 1923 in Washington D.C. In 1939, the Sorority was incorporated in the state of Illinois.