On this day 100 years ago, Zeta Phi Beta was chartered


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One hundred years ago today, Zeta Phi Beta, one of the prominent national Black sororities, was chartered.

Three years before the organization was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The sorority was chartered by members Myrtle Tyler, Gladys Warrington, Joanna Houston, Josephine Johnson and O. Goldia Smith. The organization was also the first sorority to expand to Africa, when it established a chapter in Liberia in 1948.

The sorority has grown dramatically, with more than 800 chapters throughout the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission of progressive organizations to address prejudices, poverty and health concerns of the day.

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