Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920, by five illustrious founders on Howard University's campus in Washington, D.C. Under the principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood, Zeta has championed countless social issues, including the societal prejudices and poverty affecting humanity and the black community
As the sorority continues to celebrate its legacy, it takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through the philanthropy and service of its 100,000+ international members. For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit the national website at www.zphib1920.org.
In the mid-1950s Rhoda Nixon, a junior high school social worker, and Alberta Alston, a guidance counselor at Edgar Dubs Shimer Junior High School frequently conversed about the graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., to which each belonged. At the time, Rhoda Nixon belonged to the Delta Mu Zeta Graduate Chapter, while Alberta Alston was very active in the Gamma Xi Zeta Graduate Chapter. Even so, they both agreed that there was a need for a graduate chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in the Queens, NY, area. To explore, they talked to women in their respective chapters and also reached out to members in the Alpha Zeta Graduate Chapter who resided in Queens.
Within a matter of months, an application for chartering a new chapter was made and on May 25, 1957, eight women who represented the best in Zeta Phi Beta, became the charter members of Delta Beta Zeta, a chapter officially chartered to Long Island, New York.
Through the years, Delta Beta Zeta has made generous contributions to the American Red Cross, Sickle Cell Foundation, March of Dimes, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Langston Hughes Library, Schomburg Center for Research, as well as the National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. The chapter has frequently held voter registration drives in schools (reaching out to parents and high school students) and the community.
Since 1957, the women of Delta Beta Zetas have done great things. Chapter members have provided thousands of dollars in scholarship money to literally hundreds of young women in Queens. At one point, the chapter adopted a young man in South Africa and assisted in paying part of his college tuition.
The ladies of Delta Beta Zeta are no strangers to providing service to the community. Throughout its history, chapter members have donated gifts to children at local shelters and children who were hospitalized. Chapter members have tutored elementary school students as they prepared for the state-mandated examination.
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