Notable Members of Zeta Phi Beta

The founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Courtesy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
The founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Courtesy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

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.

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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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