Tour Tyler Texas - Empowerment Community Development Corporation by Clarence Edmond Shackelford:
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Zeta Kappa Zeta Chapter was chartered on April 18, 1962, in Tyler, Texas to uphold the guiding principles of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, in the community. Zeta Kappa Zeta Chapter sponsors the Undergraduate Chapter, Delta Alpha, at Texas College which was chartered in January 1945.
An Honors Gala will be held this Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 5 p.m. in Tyler at the Holiday Inn - Ballroom 5701 South Broadway, Tyler, Texas - Attire: Semi-formal, with the keynote speaker: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated International Centennial Grand Basileus - Valerie Hollingsworth Baker.
Valerie Hollingsworth Baker was elected as the 25th International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in July 2018. Previously, she served as the National First Vice-President overseeing the sorority’s membership functions.
Valerie is a Diamond Life Member who has shown her dedication to Zeta since her induction in 1982 and has held numerous positions on the local, state, regional, and national levels of the organization, including the Atlantic Regional Director, Chairman of the National Executive Board and National Director of Strategic Planning. She was a member of the originating Zeta Organizational Leadership committee.
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The Klan was very active during this period and the Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of Black artists and writers in the U.S. This same year the Volstead Act became effective heralding the start of Prohibition and Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification for the final adoption of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The worst and longest economic recession to hit the U.S. would define the end of the decade-The Great Depression.
Founders of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
It was within this environment that the five coeds envisioned a sorority that would directly affect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise the consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission of progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.
Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally. The organization has been innovative in that it has chronicled a number of firsts. It was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, first to charter a chapter in Africa, first to form auxiliary groups, and first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through volunteer services from members and its auxiliaries. Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters worldwide and has a membership of 100,000+.
Zeta‘s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and the port of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.
As the sorority moves toward its centennial, it retains its original zest for excellence. It espouses the highest academic ideals and that has resulted in its members serving in groundbreaking roles in all fields of endeavor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is poised for perpetual service to mankind into her second century and beyond.