List of Zeta Phi Beta sisters

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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]
Pat Spencer Civil rights activist; helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycotts [4]
Violette Neatley Anderson First woman of color to practice law before the US Supreme court [5]
Anita Hill Honorary Attorney, law professor, and civil rights activist; plaintiff in sexual harassment case vs. Clarence Thomas [6]
Autherine Lucy Foster
Anita Hill


Name Original chapter Notability References
Ruby Jones Epsilon Omega Zeta The first African American faculty member, who became Assistant Professor of Education and supervisor of student teachers, at West Chester University; Namesake of Ruby Jones Hall on the campus of West Chester University


Dr. Stella Brewer Brookes Epsilon Zeta Former chair, Department of English at Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University


Dr. Elmira Mangum Gamma Gamma Former President of Florida A&M University;The first woman to permanently hold the position in the 128-year history of the university
Linda Royster Beito Iota Eta Chair, Department of Social Sciences at Stillman College
Portia Guenette Harrod Yerby Eta The First African American Teacher in Pennilyn, Pennsylvania [9]
Elizabeth Koontz First African-American President of the National Education Association, former Director of the Women’s Bureau
Dr. Myrtice Taylor Epsilon Zeta First African-American superintendent for curriculum and instruction – Atlanta Public Schools


Sarah Green Nu Xi Zeta Former Chief Executive Officer of The National Head Start Association [11]
Lulu Vere Childers Founder and director of the School of Music at Howard University [9][page needed]
Leila Walker Jones Eta Dramatist;Founder and principal of Bryan Academy.Leader of the Philadelphia Federation of Women's Club [9][page needed]
Anita Turpeau First woman on the debate team at Howard University, first woman Editor-In-Chief of The Hilltop, first woman at Howard University to receive a master of arts degree in religious education


Alice Dugged Cary Beta First president of The Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, Second president of Morris Brown College, former State Chairman of the Colored Woman's Committee, and former president of the Georgia State Federation of Coloured Women, established the first free black kindergarten in Macon, GA and Charleston, SC [9][page needed]
Lucy Harth Smith One of the first women appointed to the executive council of The National Association for The Study of Negro Life and History; Educator, writer and activist who worked to challenge inequality in the Kentucky public school system [9][page needed]
Ashlee L. Canty Mu Xi First Directory of Diversity and Inclusion for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity


Elizabeth Duncan Koontz
Alice Dugged Cary

Science and health[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Evelyn J. Fields retired Rear Admiral; former NOAA Director with Marine and Aviation Operations [5]
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 [14]
Lillian Whitfield Eta Opened the Whitfield Pharmacy, the only black business in Frankford, Philadelphia during the time period. [9][page needed]
Effie Alexandria Nevers Eta One of the first black female graduates of The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science ( now known as The University of the Sciences) [9][page needed]
Elaine McDowell, Ph.D. Nu Xi Zeta Former Senior Executive Officer for the U.S. Federal Government. Award recipient for the National Medical Association's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Improving Health Care in the Black Community [11]
Versia Lindsay The first woman to graduate from the School of Sciences at Atlanta University [9][page needed]
Dr. Rachel Hill Townsend The first native African woman to enter the field of dentistry [9][page needed]
Dr.Hyacinth Davis Epsilon The first black woman to intern at Harlem Hospital, former president of The Manhattan Central Medical Society, former Head Physician for The Harlem Hospital Medical Screening Unit [9][page needed]
Dr.Stephanie E. Davis Epsilon The first black student to be inducted into The William Jarvie Society for Dental Research; The first black woman to intern at the Guggenheim Dental Clinic for Children [9][page needed]
Marjorie Joyner The first African-American woman to receive a patent; The first African American to receive their A.B. from Molar Beauty School in Chicago; Inventor, Philanthropist [9][page needed]
Evelyn J. Fields
Lillian E. Fishburne
Dr. Monica mOe Frazier Anderson

Authors and artists[edit]

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
Gwendolyn Brooks First African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and former Poet Laureate of Illinois.
Dr.Frances Cress Welsing American Afrocentrist psychiatrist; Author of The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism'
Cynthia James Honorary Award winning author of What Will Set You Free and Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence, and international life coach


Tilu Khalayi Mu Beta Author of Finer Women: The Birth of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 1920-1935; Founder of The Nabutilu Foundation


Fannie Rosalind Givens Started the first Art program for African American students at the State University- Louisville; served as president of the World Union of Colored Women for Peace and International Concord,and chair of the Fine Arts department of the National Association of Colored Women


Kathleen Mary Easmon Simango Honorary First African-American woman to earn a diploma from the Royal College of Arts; Singer, Dancer, Opera Singer,
Zora Neale Hurston
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing


Name Original chapter Notability References
Minnie Riperton [5]
Sheryl Underwood Zeta Tau Zeta Comedian and 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta [5]
Ja'net Dubois Honorary Actress/Singer [5]
Esther Rolle Honorary American actress best known for her portrayal of Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times [5]
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. [5]
Sarah Vaughan Honorary International jazz singer [5]
Grace Bumbry Opera singer [5]
Syleena Johnson Lambda Epsilon singer [5]
Lillian Evanti Honorary Famous opera singer;The first African American to sing with an organized European opera company; The first African American to sing grand opera professionally


Towanda Braxton Omicron Gamma singer [19]
Dionne Warwick singer of "Walk On By" [5]
Ivy Awino DJ;Official DJ of the Dallas Wings


Ellabelle Davis Musician and opera singer [9][page needed]
Dawnette Lounds-Culp author, talk radio show host
Rhona Bennett Honorary actress (The Jamie Foxx Show) and singer (En Vogue) [21]
Dionne Warwick
Esther Rolle
Lillian Evanti
Sarah Vaughan
Minnie Riperton


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
Amber Campbell 3 time Olympian hammer thrower
Mistie Williams


Name Original chapter Notability References
Julia Carson US Representative from Indiana [5]
Edith S. Sampson The first woman to receive a Master of Laws degree from Loyola University;The 2nd African-American woman admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, following Violette N. Anderson; The first African-American delegate to the United Nations;The 1st African-American woman elected judge on the municipal court
Sydney Kamlager The second African American woman elected president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees
Yvonne Miller Former Virginia State Senator - District 5 [5]
Dr.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 [5]
Mary McAllister NC House of Representatives [5]
Bernette Johnson First black female State Supreme Court justice in Louisiana [5]
Cynthia Willard-Lewis New Orleans City Councilwoman [5]
Andrei Ellen Lee First African American General Session Judge in Nashville [5]
Joan Carter Former Petersburg, VA city councilwoman [5]
Sharon R. Wilson Former Chief Magistrate and President of The Senate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas [22][23]
Donna Edwards Honorary Former Member of Congress


Bernice B. Donald Alpha Eta Zeta First African-American woman elected to the Tennessee Judiciary Charlotte Spann Director, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of the Interior.


Beatrice Welters Nu Xi Zeta US Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago [11]
Krysta Jones Mu Epsilon Outreach Director for Congressman Jim Moran, Founder and CEO, Virginia Leadership Institute, Chair, Arlington Commission on the Status of Women, and Board of Directors, A-SPAN [11]
Dorothy L. Goosby Florida A&M University Plaintiff in class action suit against the Town of Hempstead (Long Island, NY) in 1988 charging that the Town’s at large voting system for the Town Board discriminated against the minority community. In 1997, a federal judge agreed and ruled that the Town of Hempstead’s method of voting-at-large was discriminatory and violated the Voting Rights Act.

First African American woman to serve on the Town of Hempstead Board; Longest serving Councilperson on Town Board; First African American to serve as President of the Association of Towns of the State of New York.

Valerie M. Cartright, Esq. Eta Omicron First African-American elected to the Town of Brookhaven Board (Long Island, NY); First Haitian-American female Elected Official in Suffolk County, NY; Civil Rights Attorney; Adjunct Instructor.
Edith S. Sampson
Julia Carson
Yvonne Miller
Bernice B. Donald

Community leaders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Adelaide Casely-Hayford Honorary Established a school for girls in 1923 to instill cultural and racial pride during the colonial years under British rule; Activist for cultural nationalism, educator, short story writer, and feminist
Elisabeth Omilami Honorary Human rights activist and CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless


Sallie Wyatt Stewart The first African American woman to hold an office in the National Council of Women. The only black delegate sent to the International Council of Women in Vienna, Austria in 1930
Elizabeth Fouse Founder of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA; former president of the Kentucky Association for Colored Women; social activist
Nettie Napier Honorary the first black person to be elected to the US Congress from Virginia, and dean of the law school at Howard University. African American women's rights activist
Thelma Duggin Nu Xi Zeta President of the Anbryce Foundation,Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, former Senior Vice President of UnitedHealthGroup [11]
Rev. Lucille C. Norville-Perez M.D. Nu Xi Zeta President and CEO of The Cave Institute [11]
Linda Thompson Nu Xi Zeta Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [11]
Freddye Henderson The first black woman to own a travel business in the U.S. [9][page needed]
Maggie Lena Walker Honorary the first female bank president to charter a bank in the United States
Annie Turnbo Malone The first black woman millionaire;Business owner, inventor, and philanthropist [9][page needed]
Ophelia Settle Egypt Alpha Social Worker and pioneer in family planning among economically disadvantaged African American families [9][page needed]
Adelaide Casely-Hayford
Maggie Lena Walker (1864–1934) of Richmond, Virginia, first woman to form a bank in the United States

Television, radio, and media[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Clara McLaughlin President and CEO, East Texas Television, First African-American woman to own and operate a television station.


Lisa Spradley Dunn CEO of Odyssey Media


Jenell B. Stewart Sigma Nu Zeta Blogger; Founder and editor in chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me


Danielle Belton Delta Kappa Editor in chief at The Root; Blogger and creator of Black Snob


Stephanie Arnold Gamma Alpha Editor at Philadelphia Media Network, Editorial Standards Review Committee at PBS [31]
Kiya Edwards Kappa Pi Chapter News reporter and anchor for KSKD NBC in St. Louis [31]
Ava-Joye Burnett News reporter and anchor for CBS Baltimore (WJZ-TV) [32]
Jasmine Alexander Xi Kappa Zeta Miss Black USA 2014


Shannon Nia Alomar Kappa Epsilon Zeta Miss Black New York USA 2019, CNN Tonight Associate Producer


Kimberly Morgan Zeta Miss Mississippi 2007 [35]
Kimberly Morgan


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