Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C., as the sister organization of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Five women chose not to embrace the tenets of established black sororities, and chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community; foster sisterhood; and exemplify the ideal o Finer Womanhood. A private nonprofit organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is incorporated in Washington, D.C., and in the State of Illinois.
Since its inception, the sorority has chronicled a number of “firsts” among the established black sororities. In addition to being the only organization constitutionally bound to a fraternity, the sorority was the first to charter international chapters, those in West Africa and Germany, to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, and to organize its internal affairs within a central office, administered by a paid staff.
Zeta Phi Beta’s purpose is to foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civic and cultural endeavors, sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. These ideas are reflected in the sorority’s national programs for which its members and auxiliary groups provide untotaled hours of voluntary service to staff community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.
The Illustrious State of Illinois!
The first chapter to be chartered in the state of Illinois was the Alpha Alpha Metropolitan Chapter of Chicago in 1931. Illinois has been the proud home or initiation place of many prominent members of our organization.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated International Presidents
8th International President, Soror Violette N. Anderson. (1933-1937) First female city prosecutor of Chicago, First African American Woman to practice law before the Supreme Court
11th International President, Soror Blanche Thompson (1940-1943)
17th International President, Soror Janice Kissner. (1974-1980) Youngest Soror to be elected International President in the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
20th International President, Soror Jylla Moore Tearte (1992-1996)
23rd International President, Soror Sheryl P. Underwood (2008-2012)
Great Lakes Regional Directors
- Soror Vera M. Paul (1986-1990)
- Soror Alice F. Craft (2008-2012)
- Soror Cynthia A. McCoy (2010-2012)
- Soror Michelle Porter Norman (2012-Present)
Illinois State Directors & Associate Directors
1955 – 1962 Lillian Bray (Associate Director)
1962 – 1969 Ernestine Curry
1969 – 1974 Dr. Eva Smith
1974 – 1978 M. Ann Prendergast
1978 – 1979 Lula McKnight
1979 – 1980 Shirley Davis
1980 – 1986 Carolyn Wilson
1986 – 1992 Marietta C. L. Bailey
1992 – 1996 Linda W. Edwards
1996 – 2002 Earnestine Martin
2002 – 2006 Michelle Porter-Norman
2006 – 2008 Alice Craft
2008 – 2011 Renee Byrd
2011 – 2012 Barbara Banks-Hayes
2012 – Present Connie V. Pugh