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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years!

We revisit this January 2018 article and celebrate ZPB’s centennial today along with its members.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded Jan. 16, 1920, at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Since its founding, the organization has chartered hundreds of chapters worldwide and has a membership of more than 100,000 in addition to chronicling a number of firsts.

According to the sorority’s website, 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. ”

Recently, the organization has made great strides in their initiatives that emphasize on their founding principle of service, which includes their March of Dimes Partnership,  a new partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expose the youth to nature and healthy living as well as donating more than $40,000 to Operation Homefront and Veterans Women ROCK! In 2017, the ladies in blue launched a commitment to log 20 million service hours by their centennial celebration in 2020.  Notable members include Zeta Phi Beta 23rd International Grand Basileus (President) Sheryl Underwood,  Minnie Riperton, Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton,  Zora Neal Hurston, Dionne Warwick.

Happy Founders’ Day!

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