Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The Klan was very active during this period and the Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of Black artists and writers in the U.S. This same year the Volstead Act became effective heralding the start of Prohibition and Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification for the final adoption of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The worst and longest economic recession to hit the U.S. would define the end of the decade-The Great Depression .
.It was within this environment that five coeds envisioned a sorority which would directly affect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.
About Chi Theta Zeta Chapter
Chi Theta Zeta Chapter was chartered by nine enterprising women who saw a need to continue the service of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated with ‘Kindness and Sisterly Love’. Chi Theta Zeta was chartered on June 16th, 2008 during the 2008 Boule in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Our charter members include:
Dr. Thometta C. Brooks
Dr. Kenycia Byrd
Dr. Genae B. Crump
Dr. Melvena Wilson
Over the last 10 years, Chi Theta Zeta continues to blaze new paths in the Tallahassee community by upholding the principles of our sorority, Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood, and will continue to serve others with kindness and Sisterly Love.