Founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Arizona Cleaver Stemmons

Arizona Cleaver Stemmons was the first basileus of Alpha Chapter and the first Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Inspired by Charles Taylor and A. Taylor, fraternity brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, she encouraged the first group of young women to join her in organizing Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Arizona Cleaver Stemmons was a Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and held membership with Beta Delta Zeta Chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She was responsible for chartering numerous undergraduate and graduate  chapters throughout the United States.  Her triumphant life ended in March,  1980 in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Viola Tyler GoingsViola Tyler Goings

 Viola Tyler Goings was one of the co-founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,    Incorporated and a Life Member. Flushing, Ohio was the birthplace of Viola, who at the end of her high school career, became a coed at Howard University.              

After graduating from Howard University with a teaching degree, she taught in Smithfield, North Carolina and later accepted the position of Assistant Principal at the Cambridge High School in Cambridge Maryland. She married and later moved to Springfield, Ohio pursuing her career as a teacher.   Her triumphant life ended in March, 1983 in Springfield, Ohio.

Myrtle Tyler Faithful

Myrtle Tyler Faithful was the second Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi  Beta   Sorority, Incorporated, blood sister of Viola Tyler, and a Life Member.   An Ohio teacher of mathematics and English for some years, she always had an active interest in community affairs. Her triumphant life ended on April 21, 1993.


Fannie Pettie WattsFannie Pettie Watts

Fannie Pettie Watts is one of the co-founders Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She is credited with organizing Omicron Beta Chapter in  Brooklyn.   She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.   Her post-graduate studies in social work and housing were pursued at New  York University. She was the Social Investigator for the Department of Social  Service in Brooklyn, New York and Director of the Cradle Roll Division of  Brooklyn's Nazarene Congregational Church. Her triumphant  life ended in 1995.


Pearl Anna Neal

Pearl Anna Neal

Pearl Anna Neal, exhibited early a degree of excellence in music and attended the Lincoln Academy in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Upon completion o her studies at the Academy, she entered Howard University where she earned a Degree in Music. She earned her Master's Degree in Music from Columbia University, New York, in 1938, thus becoming the first Black woman in this state to earn this degree. She did further study at the Julliard School of Music in New York. Her triumphant life ended in January, 1978 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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