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100 Years of Zeta Phi Beta

by Meghan Kowalski on 2020-03-05T09:59:59-05:00 | Comments

2020 marks one hundred years of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority. To celebrate this milestone, the library has created an exhibit showcasing its history, mission, and work. 

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University. Since then, Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters worldwide and has a membership of 100,000+. The UDC chapter was chartered in 1937. The sorority was founded with the vision of directly affecting positive change, raising the consciousness of its people, encouraging the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and fostering a greater sense of unity among its members.

The Zeta‘s programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and the support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries volunteer at events and organizations to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, and promote legislation for social and civic change. 

The library's exhibit showcases information about the founding, history, and mission of the sorority. It features yearbooks from the library's archive, books for the collection, and personal Zeta mementos. You can visit the exhibit outside the library through the end of March.


This is what it means to me to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

It means, number one, that you care about humanity and recognize that all able-bodied humans have a part in improving the condition and progress of mankind. Second, the manner of enacting positive change is what attracted me to this organization. I appreciate the principles and mandates of Zeta Phi Beta. The “action-oriented community-conscious” mission means a great deal to me and those words are supported with a centennial of multifaceted examples of service. As a member, I continue to learn and enhance the way we provide service. These skills transcend the sorority. 

  • Ingrid Armstrong-Doweary, Media Technician, Access-Media Services, Learning Resources Division, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.

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