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Famous Soror

Gwendolyn Brooks - Born in 1917, Soror Gwendolyn Brooks has made many achievements throughout her career as a famed poet. Because of her 'way with words,' she was the first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1968 she was named Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois. She became a poetry consultant to the library of congress, one of the highest honors an American author can achieve.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood. Five women dared to be different and founded an organization that was unlike any sorority created before it.


Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Myrtle Tyler Faithful , Viola Tyler Goings, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Howard University on January 16, 1920.


These dynamic women created an organization that did not follow the beaten path, but they followed a road less traveled. Since its inception, Zeta Phi Beta has set a number of precedents. Zeta was the first sorority to organize in Africa (1948), form youth and auxiliary groups—Archonettes and Amicae, and be constitutionally bound to a brother fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta has also established chapters in the Bahamas, Germany, and the Caribbean Islands. Zeta has more than 800 chapters throughout the world.


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