Notable Members of Zeta Phi Beta

The sorority celebrates 94 years of sisterhood.

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The founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

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On Jan. 16, 1920, five women founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Howard University. In honor of the organization’s 94th anniversary, we’ve gathered a list of some of its most notable members.

1. Zora Neale Hurston
Alpha chapter
Author

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2. Sheryl Underwood
Zeta Tau Zeta chapter
Comedian, 23rd International president of Zeta Phi Beta

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3. Gwendolyn Brooks
Poet, first African American to win Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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4. Sarah Vaughan
Singer

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5. Syleena Johnson
Lambda Epsilon chapter
Singer

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6. Towanda Braxton
Omicron Gamma chapter
Singer

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7. Lillie Leatherwood
Iota Eta chapter
Two-time Olympic medalist

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8. Wendy Palmer
Tau Theta chapter
WNBA athlete and college basketball coach

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9. Dionne Warwick
Singer, actress

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10. Julia Carson
Former U.S. congresswoman from Indiana

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