Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded in 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five collegiate ladies at Howard University in Washington D.C. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization – Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood.
Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first African-American, Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa; 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, Incorporated.
Zeta's international and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given countless hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change. Over the years, Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters and inducted thousands of women around the world. Zeta has continued to thrive and flourish while adapting to the ever-changing needs of the modern era. For more information on our illustrious organization, log onto zphib1920.org