Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. http://zphib1920.org Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:07:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 University of Virginia Response http://zphib1920.org/university-virginia-response/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 22:08:29 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5254 Members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Theta Chapter located at the University of Virginia were recent targets of a racially motivated incident that took place at a nearby landmark, called Beta Bridge. In commemoration of our 99th Founders’ Day celebration, the Tau Theta Chapter decorated […]

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Members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Tau Theta Chapter located at the University of Virginia were recent targets of a racially motivated incident that took place at a nearby landmark, called Beta Bridge. In commemoration of our 99th Founders’ Day celebration, the Tau Theta Chapter decorated Beta Bridge with a Zeta-inspired design and message that was soon vandalized with a hate-filled message. This type of message is used frequently by white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. stands firmly against racism and racially motivated actions that are used to inspire more harm in our communities. Since our inception we have successfully fostered a spirit of activism that was more formally introduced to the public through our GET ENGAGED™ social action program. In support of our sisters in Charlottesville, VA, we encourage Zeta members across the country to act in honor of our GET ENGAGED™ platform. The events that took place in Charlottesville, VA are just one example of the continued strife that we face in our communities each day. As Zetas we must continue our work of shining a light on these injustices and putting forth messages of unity, acceptance for all and inclusivity that will counteract negative actions.

The actions of hate groups cause separation, anger and misunderstandings within our communities. First and foremost, we must not justify their acts with a counter response of hatred. As International President, I established personal contact with our undergraduate and graduate chapter members at the University of Virginia. Plans are also underway for me to visit the campus to discuss this matter with the university’s administration and to ensure that our sisters are supported.

Tau Theta chapter has organized a time to repaint Beta Bridge in celebration of Founders’ Day.  I am proud that Tau Theta chapter has exercised risk management techniques in planning the event, and I encourage all of us to support them in being good stewards of our collective reputation as members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Most immediately, here are two examples of how we can harness the power of our sisterhood to bring forth a positive message.

On Social Media:

  • Using #BetaBridgeUnitesUsAll, we ask that each member of Zeta Phi Beta share a message of support and inspiration for our University of Virginia undergraduate sisters on social media. Please keep messages positive. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. stands firm against the belief that you can fight hate with more hate. When using the hashtag, please follow our social media guidelines. Images of the bridge before it was vandalized or photos of your chapter doing the work of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. should be used in social media posts.

In Your Community:

  • Incorporate community conversations about racial tensions in your area as part of upcoming Black History Month programs. Social discourse is the first step in building understanding in our communities. I encourage chapters to use their influence to promote healing and positive dialogue in the coming weeks and months.

Below are additional resources that can be utilized when discussing racial bias and discrimination:

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Zeta Phi Beta president reflects on her connection with sorority’s founder http://zphib1920.org/zeta-phi-beta-president-reflects-connection-sororitys-founder/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:52:11 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5234 by YOLANDA YOUNG (Rolling Out) On Jan. 16, 1920, Fannie Pettie joined four other Howard University coeds in founding Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. In their organization, sorority elitism and socializing would take a back seat to the primary mission: defeating the prejudices and poverty that acutely affected […]

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by YOLANDA YOUNG (Rolling Out)

On Jan. 16, 1920, Fannie Pettie joined four other Howard University coeds in founding Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. In their organization, sorority elitism and socializing would take a back seat to the primary mission: defeating the prejudices and poverty that acutely affected the Black community.

Intent on doing things differently, the women began their expansion by granting chapter charters to historically Black colleges and universities in the segregated South rather than on White campuses in urban areas. They distinguished themselves in other ways by becoming the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to charter a chapter in Africa, centralize its operations in a national headquarters and be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

As the decades passed, founder Pettie Watts, as she became known after marriage, organized two additional Zeta chapters, doing her part to help Zeta grow to 100,000 members with 800 chapters worldwide. After teaching junior and senior high schools in Savannah, Georgia, she returned to Brooklyn, New York, where she was an active member of the Delta Alpha Zeta chapter. In 1982, a Zeta perspective would knock on her door.

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Founders’ Day 2019 | Celebrating 99 Years! http://zphib1920.org/founders-day-2019-celebrating-99-years/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:44:57 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5243 In honor of Founders’ Day 2019, it is my pleasure to officially announce the one year countdown to Centennial! As we continue this extraordinary journey to celebrate and reminiscence on where it all began for our beloved sorority on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC on […]

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In honor of Founders’ Day 2019, it is my pleasure to officially announce the one year countdown to Centennial! As we continue this extraordinary journey to celebrate and reminiscence on where it all began for our beloved sorority on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC on January 16, 1920, we are one step closer to realizing the dream of our Founders by making the mission possible.

Over the next 12 months and leading up to our historic Centennial celebration, I encourage each of you to take a moment to reflect on the sorority’s foundational principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood as we continue to conduct the business of Zeta that our Founders began 99 years ago today!

Over the next 12 months and leading up to our historic Centennial celebration, I encourage each of you to take a moment to reflect on the sorority’s foundational principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood as we continue to conduct the business of Zeta that our Founders began 99 years ago today!

Throughout the year, we will have planned events in various locations intended to create lasting memories as we celebrate with purpose our sorority’s first 100 years of community-conscious and action-oriented service throughout the country and abroad! So connect or reconnect and get your Zeta passports ready to come aboard the Zeta train as we travel along this epic Journey to Centennial throughout 2019 with our scheduled arrival to D.C. in 2020!

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NAACP Signs Historic M.O.U. with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. http://zphib1920.org/naacp-signs-historic-mou-with-zphib/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:23:38 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5195 On October 19, 2018, the NAACP announced a partnership with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s organization, When We All Vote. As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country, NAACP has long been friendly with these organizations and on October 19, 2018, […]

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On October 19, 2018, the NAACP announced a partnership with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s organization, When We All Vote. As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country, NAACP has long been friendly with these organizations and on October 19, 2018, it celebrated a joyous moment as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the following organizations. The meeting marked a land-breaking moment as NAACP solidified partnerships with several historic pillars of social justice in the African American community: The National Action Network, the National Bar Association, and organizations within the National Pan-Hellenic Council including, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

The partnership is part of NAACP’s civic engagement campaign to mobilize low and moderate propensity African American voters for the 2018 midterm elections and beyond. “When We All Vote is proud to partner with the NAACP to make sure every eligible American participates in each and every election,” said Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote.

“The partnership announcements and MOU signings are a testament to NAACP’s return to our activist roots,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Social justice is not a competition, and as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, we have a duty to bring together all the different groups and organizations that have played a crucial role in uplifting the Black community.”

PHOTO: Members of the Blue and White Family: Soror Karen Boykin-Towns, Vice-Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors along with Kendra Glover, Phi Beta Sigma Brother Daryl Anderson, Jr., National Director of Social Action, Lindy M. Brown and Maryland State Director, Gayle Lyke

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Regional Director Appointments 2018 http://zphib1920.org/regional-director-appointments-2018/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:54:32 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5120 Gina Merritt-Epps Atlantic Regional Director Email Address Most recently, Gina Merritt-Epps served Zeta as its first National Director of Risk Management, and drafted the first Risk Management Policies for the sorority and Amicae auxiliaries. She also served as the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the […]

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Gina Merritt-Epps

Gina Merritt-Epps

Atlantic Regional Director
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Most recently, Gina Merritt-Epps served Zeta as its first National Director of Risk Management, and drafted the first Risk Management Policies for the sorority and Amicae auxiliaries. She also served as the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the Atlantic Regional Phylacter, and New Jersey State Phylacter. Professionally, she is an attorney and corporate governance professional.

Gina Merritt-Epps was initiated into Mu Eta chapter at Pennsylvania State University in 1987. She currently is an active member of Xi Tau Zeta chapter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is a Diamond Life Member and Founders’ Society Member. Outside of Zeta she is a board member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the chair of the Diversity Task Force; board member of the AtlantiCare Health System; and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is married to Michael C. Epps, Esq., and the mother of Taylor M. Epps, and is the aunt of Soror Danielle N. Epps.

Charlisa Davis

Charlisa Yolonne Davis

Eastern Regional Director
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Charlisa Davis is a Diamond Life member who most recently chaired the “Precious Pearl Project” raising $20,000 to purchase and design the first historical burial site marker honoring Founder Pearl Anna Neal. In 2017, she was awarded the Zeta of the Year Award by her chapter Gamma Upsilon Zeta chapter, where she has served as the Basileus and Chair of the Executive Board. She has served on the national and regional levels across different committees and appointments, including the National March of Dimes Coordinator. For the past three decades she has been employed with Cumberland County Public Health Center (Fayetteville, NC) as an Environmental Health Program Specialist (EHPS).

Presently, she is an active member of Gamma Upsilon Zeta chapter in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was initiated into Gamma Gamma chapter at North Carolina Central University in 1976. Soror Davis is an actively involved member of Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Her community and organizational memberships include the National Environment Health Association; The Dr. Martin Luther King Committee; Rape Crisis; Second Chance Scholarships for HBCU’s and The Links Incorporated. She is engaged to Mr. Cornelius D. Manns of Winston Salem, NC.

Connie Pugh

Connie V. Pugh

Great Lakes Regional Director
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Connie Pugh is the immediate past Illinois State Director, and has served in a myriad of appointed and elected positions within the sorority, including Basileus of her undergraduate and graduate chapters. She is a Life Member and currently a member of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter in Markham, Illinois. She was initiated into Zeta through the Psi Nu Chapter in 1990. Soror Pugh has also served in a leadership role with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago.

Constance Harris

Constance Harris

Midwestern Regional Director
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Constance Harris has served in many elected and appointed regional, state and local positions, including the Midwestern Regional Election Officer, and the Phylacter of the state of Missouri and Kansas. She is a current member of Alpha Epsilon Zeta chapter in Kansas City, Kansas, and was initiated into Zeta at Langston University (Oklahoma), Lambda Alpha chapter in 1981.

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Pacific Regional Director
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In 2014, Soror Nazeeh was appointed to the Northern California State Director, and served as the Pacific Anti-Grammateus, and chapter Basileus. She is an active member of Iota Delta Zeta chapter in Hayward, California.

LaWanda Harper

LaWanda Harper

Southeastern Regional Director
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LaWanda Harper most recently served as the Southeastern Executive Board chair and basileus of her chapter. She is an active member of Iota Omicron Zeta chapter in Belle Glade, Florida. Professionally, she is a regional math specialist with the Palm Beach County, Glades Region School District. Her professional membership affiliations include the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Florida Educators Association and the National Education Association.

Kathy Tatum

Kathy R. Tatum

South Central Regional Director
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Kathy Tatum is the immediate past Arkansas State Director where she spearheaded a successful Zeta license plate campaign to help build brand awareness and pride for the sisterhood. She has also served as the Arkansas Executive Board Chair, Chaplain and Antipokritis, as well as numerous chapter-level leadership positions. Professionally, she is a school counselor at Henderson Middle School in Little Rock.

The Diamond Life member is an active member of Eta Sigma Zeta chapter in North Little Rock, and was initiated into Zeta at the University of Central Arkansas, Gamma Eta chapter in 1982. Soror Tatum has been married to Gerald Tatum for 34 years, and is the mother of Janay Camille Tatum, and grandmother of Jordan Chanelle Brown. Her professional memberships include the American School Counselors Association and the National Education Association.

Keisha Beasley

Keisha M. Beasley

Southern Regional Director
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Keisha Beasley is a Diamond Life Member and has served the Sorority on all levels, including, but not limited to, Chapter Basileus (graduate and undergraduate), National Trustee and East Texas State Director. Since 2007, she and her husband have been the owners of SERVPRO® of Westfield, a company that specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services.

She became a member of the sorority in 1992 through the Omicron Theta Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently holds membership in Phi Iota Zeta chapter in Montgomery County, Texas. Soror Beasley actively attends Bammel Church of Christ. Her organizational memberships include the American Business Women’s Association and the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Installs 25th International President, Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker during Grand Boulé in New Orleans http://zphib1920.org/zphib-installs-25th-international-president/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:38:04 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5098 Washington, D.C., July, 25, 2018 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 98-year-old international women’s service organization, held its Grand Boulé in New Orleans from July 18 – 22, 2018 with the purpose of bringing members together for business meetings, fellowship, community service, and rededication to its founding […]

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Washington, D.C., July, 25, 2018 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 98-year-old international women’s service organization, held its Grand Boulé in New Orleans from July 18 – 22, 2018 with the purpose of bringing members together for business meetings, fellowship, community service, and rededication to its founding principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. During the Grand Boulé, Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, Zeta’s immediate past International First Vice President, was elected to International President, and will lead the organization into its centennial year in 2020.

The Brooklyn native is the Director of the Inforce Systems Division for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City, responsible for managing multi-million-dollar projects and programs, training personnel, and overseeing new product development as the chief administrator of one of the company’s major subsystems. She is an alumna of Fordham University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the young age of eighteen. Hollingsworth-Baker has been recognized in the “Who’s Who of Information and Technology” and “Outstanding Women of America” publications. Her civic endeavors include volunteering with the Red Cross, UNCF and New York Cares; and she is a member of St. Augustine’s Church, the NAACP, and the Hancock T&T Block Association where she serves as the vice president.

Mary Breaux Wright, of Houston, Texas, precedes Hollingsworth-Baker as Zeta’s 24th International President. Under her leadership, the sorority held record-breaking fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes, and made notable contributions to St. Jude, the American Cancer Society, Women’s Veterans ROCK, and the Smithsonian African American Museum. Wright also led Zeta’s international expansion, chartering chapters in Belgium, England, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1920 on the belief that the social nature of sorority life should not overshadow the real mission to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. The international organization’s 125,000+ initiated members, operating in more than 850 chapters, have given millions of voluntary hours to educate the public, provide scholarships, support charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

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Video Message: Former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards GOTV http://zphib1920.org/donna-edwards-gotv/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:07:55 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4984 Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day! Regardless if you are voting for governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia and New Jersey, attorney general, mayor or city councilperson, your vote counts. “Take a friend, a neighbor, a family member….hey, you can even take a stranger. Just go vote!” ~ […]

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Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day! Regardless if you are voting for governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia and New Jersey, attorney general, mayor or city councilperson, your vote counts.

“Take a friend, a neighbor, a family member….hey, you can even take a stranger. Just go vote!” ~ Former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

#ZetasGetEngaged #Vote #GOTV

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Video Message: March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart http://zphib1920.org/mod-thank-you/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:33:00 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4907 A special thank you from March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart to the members and auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in the final weeks of this year’s March for Babies (M4B) fundraising campaign.

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A special thank you from March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart to the members and auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in the final weeks of this year’s March for Babies (M4B) fundraising campaign.

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NPHC Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands http://zphib1920.org/nphc-joint-statement-hazing-response-movie-burning-sands/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:10:52 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4846 NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma […]

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NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

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Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Reflections | Global Day of Service http://zphib1920.org/global-day-of-service/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:25:07 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4831 Reflections from our Global Day of Service. The service projects on January 16, 2017 began the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020. 2017 Zeta Phi Beta Global Day of Service from ZPHIB2020 on Vimeo.

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Reflections from our Global Day of Service. The service projects on January 16, 2017 began the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020.

2017 Zeta Phi Beta Global Day of Service from ZPHIB2020 on Vimeo.

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