Celebrating the Finer Sisterhood of Zeta Phi Beta


January 16, 2024

Today marks another year for the illustrious sorority!

As Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, commemorates its Founders’ Day, we take a moment to celebrate the enduring legacy of sisterhood, scholarship, service, and finer womanhood that this illustrious organization has championed since its inception. Founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Zeta Phi Beta has consistently empowered and uplifted women, fostering a commitment to excellence and community service.

In honor of this special occasion, let’s shine a spotlight on five remarkable members who have made significant contributions to their fields and embody the spirit of Zeta Phi Beta:


Elizabeth Koontz

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Elizabeth Koontz, born in 1919, was a distinguished educator, civil servant, and the first African American president of the National Education Association (NEA). Throughout her career, Koontz advocated for equal opportunities in education and tirelessly worked towards creating a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all.

Lillian E. Fishburne

Credit: US Navy

Lillian E. Fishburne made history as the first African American woman to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. Her exemplary service and leadership paved the way for future generations of women in the military, embodying the principles of Zeta Phi Beta through her commitment to excellence and breaking barriers.

Zora Neale Hurston

Credit: Library of Congress

Renowned author, anthropologist, and influential figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, is celebrated for her literary contributions, including the classic novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Hurston’s work has left an indelible mark on American literature, and her commitment to expressing the richness of African American culture aligns with the values of Zeta Phi Beta.


Sarah Vaughan

Credit: William P. Gottlieb

Known as the “Divine One,” Sarah Vaughan was a legendary jazz vocalist whose unparalleled talent and vocal range captivated audiences worldwide. With a career spanning several decades, Vaughan’s impact on the world of music and her ability to transcend genres reflect the commitment to excellence that Zeta Phi Beta holds dear.

Amber CampbellMoore

Credit: Martin Kellner

Amber Campbell-Moore, an accomplished track and field athlete and four-time Olympian, proudly represents Zeta Phi Beta. As a hammer thrower, Campbell has not only excelled in the athletic arena but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes, embodying the principles of strength, perseverance, and sisterhood.

Here’s to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and the incredible women who have played a role in shaping its history and legacy. Happy Founders’ Day!

Cover Photo: Members of the Xi Gamma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated / Xi Gamma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

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