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The National History of zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Inc.     




    They thought, pondered, and searched their minds for three letters that will define a "True Woman."  The five founders chose not to embrace the tenants of established sororities, but instead  decided to try a new organization.  This organization would be built upon four basic principles, to encourage the higher standards of scholarship, provide exceptional community service, display unconditional sisterhood and to exemplify the ideal of finer womanhood.  So on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was born from the darkness into a bright, brilliant flash of light.  

    Today, those four principles remain our foundation, and it is evident in everything we do.  We the "Distinguish Ladies," of the Omega Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated dedicate our time, and service to our phenomenal founders:  Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts.  We say to you, "that your success is written in our hearts."








                Arizona Cleaver Stemons

Arizona Cleaver was the first basileus of Alpha Chapter and the first Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Inspired by Charles Robert Taylor and A. Langston Taylor, fraternity brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, she encouraged the first group of young women to join her in organizing Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

She once stated, "Being the one to say: 'Let's establish a new sisterhood,' then to see it grow from five girls to the present status, indeed gives me quite a thrill. Yet, I am humble and grateful that so many have been and still are willing to go the Zeta way."

Founder Arizona Cleaver Stemons was a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and held membership with Beta Delta Zeta Chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was responsible for chartering numerous undergraduate and graduate chapters throughout the United States.

Her triumphant life ended in March, 1980 in Philadelphia.





                Viola Tyler Goings

Viola Tyler Goings was one of the co-founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and a Life Member.

After graduating from Howard University with a teaching degree, she taught in Smithfield, North Carolina and later accepted the position of Assistant Principal at the Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Maryland. She married Fred Goings and later moved to Springfield, Ohio pursuing her career as a teacher.

Words of reflections: "There is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards of principles, a good scholarly average, and an active interest in all things..."

Founder Viola Tyler Goings' triumphant life ended in 1983.







                Myrtle Tyler Faithful

Myrtle Tyler Faithful was the second Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, blood sister to Viola Tyler, and Life Member.

Myrtle Tyler, like her sister, was born in Flushing, Ohio. Upon receiving her high school diploma, she matriculated at Howard University. An Ohio teacher of Mathematics and English for some years, she always had an active interest in community affairs.

She taught for several years in the Annapolis High School in Maryland. She gave up teaching when she married Ross Faithful and raised two daughters, both of whom are Zetas. Founder Myrtle Tyler Faithful was an active Life Member of Alpha Zeta Chapter in Baltimore, Maryland.

She revealed that "one of the happiest moments I have spent with Zetas was when the Five Founders met as guests of the Delta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Brooklyn, New York at their Founder's Day Dinner in 1952. What a wonderful reunion we had. It is that bond of sisterly love in Zeta women that unites us and makes us grow." Founder Myrtle Tyler Faithful's triumphant life ended in 1993.





                Fannie Pettie Watts

Fannie Pettie Watts was a life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and held membership with the Delta Alpha Zeta Chapter in Brooklyn, New York. She organized the Omicron Beta undergraduate chapter in Brooklyn, New York. Professionally, she was the Social Investigator for the Department of Social Service in Brooklyn.

Founder Pettie Watts' triumphant life ended in 1995 in New York.






                 Pearl A. Neal

Pearl A. Neal was one of the co-founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and a Life Member.

Pearl Neal was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She exhibited early a degree of excellence in music and attended the Lincoln Academy in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Upon completion of her studies at the Academy, she entered Howard University where she earned a degree in music. She earned her Master's degree in Music from Columbia University, New York in 1938, thus becoming the first Black woman in the state to earn this degree. She did further study at the Julliard School of Music in New York.

Founder Pearl A. Neal began her career in the field of Education in Americus, Georgia, teaching briefly in Crockett, Texas. She completed her career in the Winston-Salem Schools in 1966. She was extremely active in church and community activities.

Founder Pearl A. Neal's triumphant life ended in 1978.



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