List of Zeta Phi Beta sisters

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Zeta Phi Beta
Founded January 16, 1920; 97 years ago (1920-01-16)
Howard University
Washington, D.C., USA
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Scholarship, Sisterly Love, Service, Finer Womanhood
Colors Royal Blue and White
Symbol White Dove
Flower White Rose
Publication The Archon
Nickname Zetas, Sisters of the Dove
Headquarters 1734 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

Below is a list of notable members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C..[1] The sorority was incorporated in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1923. In 1939, the sorority was incorporated in Illinois.[2]

Founders and Incorporators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Arizona Cleaver Stemons Alpha Founder [1]
Myrtle Tyler Faithful Alpha Founder [1]
Viola Tyler Goings Alpha Founder [1]
Fannie Pettie Watts Alpha Founder [1]
Pearl Neal Alpha Founder [1]
Myrtle Tyler Alpha Incorporator [2]
Gladys Warrington Alpha Incorporator [2]
Joanna Houston Alpha Incorporator [2]
O. Goldia Smith Alpha Incorporator [2]
Josephine Johnson Alpha Incorporator [2]

National Presidents[edit]

Civil Rights[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Autherine Lucy Foster Plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case styled Lucy v. Adams which prevented the University of Alabama from denying admission solely based on race or color. [3]
Violette Neatley Anderson First woman of color to practice law before the US Supreme court [4]
Anita Hill Honorary Attorney, law professor, and civil rights activist; plaintiff in sexual harassment case vs. Clarence Thomas [5]


Name Original chapter Notability References
Linda Royster Beito Iota Eta Chair, Department of Social Sciences at Stillman College
Name Original chapter Notability References
Elmira Mangum Unknown President Florida A&M University


Name Original chapter Notability References
Evelyn J. Fields retired Rear Admiral; former NOAA Director with Marine and Aviation Operations [4]
Lillian E. Fishburne The first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy
Monica “Dr. Moe” Frazier Anderson author, journalist, motivational speaker, and Doctor of Dental Surgery [6]
Evelyn J. Fields


Name Original chapter Notability References
Zora Neale Hurston Alpha American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God


Name Original chapter Notability References
Minnie Riperton singer [4]
Sheryl Underwood Zeta Tau Zeta Comedian and 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta [4]
Ja'net Dubois Actress/Singer [4]
Esther Rolle American actress best known for her portrayal of Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times [4]
Tonea Stewart Lambda Beta American actress and university professor best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night. [4]
Sarah Vaughan International jazz singer [4]
Grace Bumbry Opera singer [4]
Syleena Johnson Lambda Epsilon singer [4]
Kimberly Morgan Zeta Miss Mississippi 2007 [7]
Towanda Braxton Omicron Gamma singer [8]
Dionne Warwick singer of "Walk On By" [4]
Dawnette Lounds-Culp author, talk radio show host
Rhona Bennett Honorary actress (The Jamie Foxx Show) and singer (En Vogue) [9]
Dionne Warwick


Name Original chapter Notability References
Wendy Palmer Tau Theta former professional basketball player (WNBA)
Chantel Tremitiere Gamma Xi former professional basketball player (WNBA)
DeMya Walker Tau Theta professional basketball player (WNBA)
Mistie Williams Nu Omicron professional basketball player (WNBA)
Camille Cooper Epsilon Kappa professional basketball player (WNBA)
Lillie Leatherwood Iota Eta 2-time Olympic Medalist: Gold (1984), Silver (1988) in 4X400-meter relay
Flora Hyacinth Iota Eta Olympian Track & Field Athlete for the USVI


Name Original chapter Notability References
Julia Carson US Representative from Indiana [4]
Yvonne Miller Former Virginia State Senator - District 5 [4]
Deborah Wolfe Former U.S. Education Chief, U.S. House of Representative committee on Education and Labor, and Chairperson of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education [4]
Mary McAllister NC House of Representatives [4]
Bernette Johnson First black female State Supreme Court justice in Louisiana [4]
Cynthia Willard-Lewis New Orleans City Councilwoman [4]
Andrei Ellen Lee First African American General Session Judge in Nashville [4]
Joan Carter Former Petersburg, VA city councilwoman [4]
Sharon R. Wilson Former Chief Magistrate and President of The Senate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas [10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Heritage". Zeta Phi Beta. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Incorporators". Zeta Phi Beta. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ Hicks, Tai. "Autherine Lucy Foster returns to the schoolhouse door". Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Notable Zetas - Zeta Phi Beta". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Retrieved 2007-12-13.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "notable" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "notable" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ Zeta Phi Beta Launches Global Year of Service with Induction of Women’s Empowerment Advocates
  6. ^ Harrison, Lullelia W. (1998). Torchbearers Of A Legacy: A History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Washington, D.C.: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. p. 306. 
  7. ^ "Alcorn State Alumna Kimberly Morgan Becomes Miss Mississippi 2007". Weekly Bulletin Online. Alcorn State University. 2007-08-02. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  8. ^ Towanda Braxton on Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Phi Beta Launches Global Year of Service with Induction of Women’s Empowerment Advocates
  10. ^ "2008/2009 Bahamas Greek Hall-of-Fame Induction Ceremony" (pdf). Nassau, Bahamas Council National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  11. ^ "About Us". Sharon Wilson & Co. Retrieved 2 June 2012.