About Zeta Gamma Zeta

The Zeta Gamma Zeta chapter of St. Petersburg fosters the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood.

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On April 15, 1955, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Zeta Gamma Zeta chapter was chartered. The first president of the chapter Margaret Smith Redvict and others were attending meetings and activities with the Tampa chapters, when they decided it was time to form a chapter in St. Petersburg.

Eight beautiful Zeta women (Margaret Smith Redvict, Mary Turner, Katherine Valentine, Inez Hayward, Emma Peaton, Elsie McLaurin , Affie Teal and Rose Sheppard) came together with local Phi Beta Sigma brothers to discuss chartering the chapter. Zeta Gamma Zeta was born from this vision.

The objectives of finer womanhood, service, sisterly love, and scholarship have brought together women from all parts of the world. The membership includes women in all professions with college training, Baccalaureates, Masters, Doctoral and professional degrees.

The Zeta Gamma Zeta chapter of St. Petersburg fosters the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. The local chapter also supports the national campaign of Z-Hope: Zetas Helping Other People Excel- through Mind, Body and Spirit.


Zeta Phi Beta Founders: Arizona Clever Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts.    Photo provided by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. National Website.

Zeta Phi Beta Founders: Arizona Clever Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts. 

Photo provided by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. National Website.

About Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Founded on January 16th, 1920 the founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sought to create an organization that would directly affect positive change.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. Five women chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community; foster sister- hood; and exemplify the idea of Finer Womanhood. A private nonprofit organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is incorporated in Washington, D.C. and in the State of Illinois.

Since its inception, the sorority has chronicled a number of “firsts” among the established black sororities. In addition to being the only organization constitutionally bound to a fraternity, the sorority was the first to charter international chapters, those in West Africa and Germany, to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, and to organize its internal affairs within a central office, administered by a paid staff.

Zeta Phi Beta’s purpose is to foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civic and cultural endeavors, sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. These ideas are reflected in the sorority’s national programs for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Incorporated has over 800 chapters in eight intercontinental regions, including USA, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.