The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter (BAZ) and Omega Zeta Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. celebrated their historic c with activities including a Proclamation Reading and Founders’ Day Celebration, Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Councilman Sam Newby presented the proclamation to Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter President Karen Britt and Omega Zeta Zeta Chapter Vice President Erica Anderson in downtown Jacksonville.
Britt proudly remarked, “We invited all local Zetas to participate in this historic moment. Receiving a city proclamation is an honor for the sorority. As President, the chapter strives to ensure our principles of Scholarship, Sisterhood, Service and Finer Womanhood continue to lead us into the next 100 years.”
Establish 100 years ago, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Zeta has initiated a diverse membership of more than 125,000 college-educated women with more than 850 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.
Howard University Jacksonville students Alpha Hayes Moore and Mamie Lucille Horne Butler were instrumental in chartered the local chapter on April 12, 1944.
Beta Alpah Zeta was the first chapter in the state of Florida and the first mixed undergraduate and graduate chapter in the Southeastern Region. Since those humble beginnings, Beta Alpha Zeta has enjoyed many first. They were the first chapter in the state to own a sorority house, first in the area to open a Stork’s Nest, first in the state to set up an Amicae chapter. BAZ has also become an award-winning chapter on the State, Regional, and National levels for membership and programming. In addition, the chapter’s roster boasts 101 year old member Soror Nancy Watts, the oldest living Soror in Jacksonville. Shown at the proclamation reading is Beta Alpha Zeta (BAZ) Chapter President Karen Britt, Councilman Sam Newby and Omega Zeta Zeta (OZZ) Chapter Vice President Erica Anderson. For more information on Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. centennial history and events visit www.zphib1920.org.