1399039_614231231969659_95531886_oZeta 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.

  • 8th International President Soror Violette Anderson.
  • Some of the final words of Soror Anderson, spoken in reference to an impending Zeta conference.
  • The 1968 National Convention of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Held in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 17th International President Janice Gantt Kissner with Founders Viola Tyler Goings and Myrtle Tyler Faithful
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

Notable Sorors of Illinois

Notable Sorors of Illinois

Songwriter, Vocalist, Contestant on TV's "The Voice"
Soror Terisa Griffin


Grammy-Nominated Vocalist, Reality TV Star
Soror Syleena Johnson

Award Winning Vocalist/Songwriter
Soror Minnie Ripperton

Comedienne, Television Personality
23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Soror Sheryl P. Underwood

Judge Willie Whiting

First Black woman to prosecute cases for the City of Chicago in Women’s Court.
Circuit Court Judge of Cook County, Chicago, IL
The Honorable Willie M. Whiting

Zeta Doves of Illinois



Zeta Doves of Illinois

 The Zeta Doves, established during the 2010 Boulé, are those members of Zeta Phi Beta who have served the organization for 50+ years.  
Listing coming soon!


Life Members of Illinois

zphib-lifemember-Logo-blu (1)

Life Members of Illinois