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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) is an international, historically Black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16, 1920 by five collegiate women at Howard University. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations. Zeta Phi Beta is organized into 800+ chapters, in eight intercontinental regions including the USA, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.


For More Information, please visit our National Website: www.zphib1920.org

The Exquisite Eta Phi Zeta Chapter

The Eta Phi Zeta Chapter was chartered on July 19, 1974 in Chapel Hill by past Regional Director Millie Veasey.  The charter members are Dr. Doretha Foushee, Viola P. Lawrence*, Barbara Lipscomb Shearin*, Brenda McLeod Watson, and Dr. Tommie Young.


The Eta Phi Zeta Chapter is part of the Electrifying Eastern Region.   This region includes the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  With a rich legacy of support for national programs, sixteen phenomenal leaders have served as Eastern Regional Directors since its inception.  Each have paved the way for the regional successes we now enjoy.

The Founders of Zeta Phi Beta:
The Five Pearls

Arizona Cleaver Stemons: Arizona Cleaver was the first President of Alpha chapter and the first National President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She completed her undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the field of social work and was responsible for chartering numerous undergraduate and graduate chapters throughout the United States.

Pearl Anna Neal: After graduating from Howard University's Conservatory of Music, Founder Neal continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1938, she was the first Black woman in New York to earn a Master's degree in music from Columbia University. An extremely accomplished musician, Founder Neal taught music in North Carolina public schools and served as a Director of Seniors majoring in music at Teachers College in Winston Salem, NC.


Myrtle Tyler Faithful: Myrtle Tyler was the second National President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and biological sister to Viola Tyler. A high school mathematics and English teacher, Founder Tyler was an active member of Alpha Zeta chapter in Baltimore, Maryland.

Viola Tyler Goings: Viola Tyler graduated from Howard University with a teaching degree and a major in math. She taught school in Ohio for many years and was always very active in community affairs.

Fannie Pettie Watts: Fannie Pettie graduated from Howard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and taught junior and senior high schools in Savannah, Georgia. She was credited with organizing two additional Zeta chapters and had active membership in Delta Alpha Zeta chapter.