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About Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920. at Howard University, Washington, D.C. 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 several firsts. It was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, the first to charter a chapter in Africa, the first to form auxiliary groups, and the 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 support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given un-totaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

The sorority retains its original zest for excellence after 100+ years of existence. It espouses the highest academic ideals, resulting in its members serving in groundbreaking roles in all fields of endeavor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is poised for perpetual service to humanity into her second century and beyond.

Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter History

Our Beginning

Kappa Iota Zeta was chartered September 15, 1980 in East Point, Georgia by: Lacy Alford, Carolyn Austin, Leila Coleman, Haroldine Crowder, Cornelia Glass-Harvey, Ola Hill, Thelma Duncan Lester, Marynette Lovejoy, Bettye Shelling, Jacqueline Terry, and Gwendolyn Wyatt.

Following the 1980 Grand Boule ln Memphis, Tennessee, several Sorors of the Epsilon Zeta Chapter were elated about the growing number of newly chartered chapters. Epsilon Zeta Chapter was the largest chapter ln Georgia with over one hundred members. Chapters with over one hundred members were placed in the Top Ten and recognized at each Boule. National President Edith V. Francis and Regional Director Eunice Thomas strongly advocated growth within the organization. This occurs by chapter expansion, reclamation, and retention. 

Being a part of the largest chapter ln Georgia was exciting. However, chartering a new chapter would also be exciting and continue growth within the Sisterhood. With deep thoughts and extensive research, we consulted Regional Director Eunice Thomas about the rules and guidelines. Fortunately, our research indicated that we were within the guidelines to charter a chapter ln the Metro area. However, only one chapter per city ls permitted. We selected East Point, Georgia and submitted our application. 

Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter Past Presidents

1. Bettye Shelling
2. Thelma Lester
3. Lacy Alford
4. Jacqueline Ward-Williams
5. Linda Isabel

6.  Jenelsia Belt
7.  Dr. Yovanda Deason Horton
8.  Brenda Faggins
9   Tecia A. M. McKay, Ed.S.
10. Vicki Pearson
11. Candice E. Williams-Hickman
12. Shannon McGuire-Lee
13. Tara Lockett
14. Regina McClaurin