Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. Five women, also known as our Five Pearls, Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of our Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.
Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
The Trailblazers of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority would be remiss not to pay homage to the first women who believed in the need for a new and different type of Greek-lettered organization and acted upon that need. To these women, Zeta was more than an organization-it was a movement, a belief system that reflected, at its core, the desire to provide true Service, to embrace Scholarship, to set a standard for Sisterly Love and to define the noble concept of Finer Womanhood. This belief has sustained and encouraged Zetas around the world to hold fast to the ideals initiated and developed by its earliest members. The Founders of Zeta were strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are indeed a worthy foundation upon which to base our illustrious Sorority.
Arizona Cleaver Stemons: Arizona Cleaver was the first president of Alpha chapter and the first national president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She completed her graduate and post-graduate studies in the field of social work and was responsible for chartering numerous undergraduate and graduate chapters throughout the United States.
Pearl Anna Neal: After graduating from Howard University’s Conservatory of Music, Founder Neal continued her studies at the Julliard School of Music. In 1938, she was the first black woman in New York to earn a master’s degree in music from Columbia University. An extremely accomplished musician, Founder Neal taught music in North Carolina public schools and served as a director of seniors majoring in music at Teachers College in Winston Salem, NC.
Myrtle Tyler Faithful: Myrtle Tyler was the second national president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and blood sister to Viola Tyler. A high school mathematics and English teacher, Founder Tyler was an active member of Alpha Zeta chapter in Baltimore, Maryland.
Viola Tyler Goings: Viola Tyler graduated from Howard University with a teaching degree and a major in math. She taught school in Ohio for many years and was always very active in community affairs.
Fannie Pettie Watts: Fannie Pettie graduated from Howard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and taught junior and senior high schools in Savannah, Georgia. She was credited with organizing two additional Zeta chapters and had active membership in Delta Alpha Zeta chapter.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Psi Omicron Zeta Chapter was chartered on November 6, 2010 in Manassas, Virginia, by eight (8) zealous women: Soror Mishta Brooks, Soror Tameko Friend, Soror Andrea Jones, Soror Loleta Lewis, Soror Judy Meekins, Soror Trica Miles, Soror Valanda Riley and Soror Kenya Whitener. Psi Omicron Zeta Chapter was established to continue the illustrious ideals and traditions of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated through sisterhood, scholarship and service in Manassas, Virginia and the surrounding areas.
We are organized as a chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and sister Greek letter Sorority to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., to bind ourselves together for the purpose of:
1) Promoting education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship
2) Soliciting worthwhile projects within the community
3) Fostering a spirit of sisterly love
4) Promoting the ideal of Finer Womanhood
Chartered on November 6, 2010, Psi Omicron Zeta Chapter is dedicated to fostering, empowering, and uplifting individuals and promoting healthier lifestyle choices for all ages, gender and ethnicity through advocacy, education, and training. We will strive to be a beacon of inspiration and embrace altruism in every facet of community service and finer womanhood.
Psi Omicron Zeta Chapter envisions a large group of professional and dedicated women working together to build a strong and supportive community based system. We foresee a continuous collaboration between our cohesive organization and a networking community eager to embrace and enrich each other’s lives.