National History


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University by five trailblazing coeds. 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 (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.

Rooted in the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood, the work we do in the community is extremely important to us. These principles accurately describe our beliefs and way of life as members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. We hold our founding principles close to our hearts and strive to emulate them in everything we do.

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.  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is a private non-profit organization and is incorporated in Washington, D.C.

We are proud of our legacy and our future and invite you to learn more about our organization. To learn more about our national programmatic thrusts, visit our national site.