About Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C.  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.

It was within this environment that five coeds envisioned a sorority which would directly affect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members.  These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.

Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally.  The organization has been innovative in that it has chronicled a number of firsts.  It was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, first to charter a chapter in Africa, first to form auxiliary groups, and first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.   The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through volunteer services from members and its auxiliaries.  Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters worldwide and has a membership of 100,000+.

Georgia's Unique History in Zeta


The State of Georgia holds a unique place in Zeta because one of the founders was from Georgia. Founder Fannie Pettie Watts was born in Perry, Georgia in 1899, and was educated in the Savannah, Georgia public schools before attending Georgia State College. Georgia honored Founder Watts with an event at Zeta Day in Perry, GA in September 2017. A shadowbox was placed in the Perry Museum in her honor. The State is also a Gold-Level Sponsor for the Museum.

One of Zeta's principal activities, "Finer Womanhood Week", was introduced in 1923 at the fourth conclave in Atlanta, Georgia by an Atlanta soror, Soror Eugenia Chiles. This activity has become a trademark and major focus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Stork's Nest was created in 1972 by Soror Evelyn Brown of Epsilon Zeta Chapter, Atlanta, GA.

Associate Directors

Anita Stripling
Alpha Theta Zeta - 1946

Kate Shakespear
Epsilon Zeta - 1959-1963

Julia Mitchell - 1963

State Directors
Sadie Potter - Epsilon Zeta
Julia Glass - Epsilon Zeta
Julia Driskell - Beta Omega Zeta
Itelia Butler - Beta Omega Zeta
Bettye Shelling - Omicron Kappa Zeta
Myrtice Taylor - Epsilon Zeta
Malinda Stovall - Epsilon Eta Zeta
Yovanda Deason-Horton - Kappa Iota Zeta
Chrislyn Turner - Rho Xi Zeta
Myra F. Reese - Epsilon Zeta
Shaneesa N. Ashford - Omicron Kappa Zeta
Vicki L. Pearson - Kappa Iota zeta
Raised/donated more than $250,000 for the March of Dimes

Chapters have awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships

Donated more than 2,800 wigs and 900 scarves to American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2014 - 2018)

Donated more than 350 bras to Dress for Success to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2013)

The State and individual chapters have donated more than $10,000 to Elder Care facilities and schools around the State

Held five successful Statewide Days of Service, with more than 70% of projects focusing on Elder Care

Chartered FIRST four-letter chapter in the Southeastern Region - Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta, Newnan, GA

Corporate/Welcome Home Sponsor for Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity

Donated to the USO for Zeta's Military Appreciation Week

Held two community forums as a part of the State Conference, focusing on bullying and mental health

Secured a Zeta Phi Beta Georgia License Plate

Recognized at the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Grand Boulés:
- Powerhouse State: Membership (4th largest state in Zeta)
- MOD March for Babies (Top State 2014, 2016, 2018)
- ACS Wigs for Awareness Top State (2016, 2018)
- Elder Care
- Amicae Auxiliaries
- Scrapbooks
- Communications/Social Media
- Centennial Diamond Visionary State