Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five coeds affectionately known as the Five Pearls. The Most Honorable Sorors Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts. Through the vision of our founders, an organization was built that is now over 100,000 strong. These five phenomenal women envisioned a sorority which would directly encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, (the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes); and to be constitutionally bound to a brother organization, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Zeta's national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation; community outreach services; and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary groups have given numerous hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change. A nonprofit organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is incorporated in Washington, D.C. and in the state of Illinois. The Sorority is supported by the dues and gifts of its members.
Valerie Hollingsworth -Baker, International President
"Building on the Principles of Zeta, while Blazing New Paths"
Valerie Hollingsworth Baker is the 25th International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and is an active member of Delta Mu Zeta chapter in Harlem. Soror Baker is the Director of the Inforce Systems Division for new York Life Insurance Company in New York City.