Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Founded during a time of civil and economic unrest, this environment inspired the founders to create 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.
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 the 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+.
The Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated is proud to present Since 1920: A Centennial Exhibit at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Filled with the rich history of the sorority in print and paraphernalia, visitors are able to see in depth the programming, philanthropy, and reach of Zeta Phi Beta during their 100 years. The exhibit will be open to the public upon the Avery’s reopening on January 15, 2020.