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[[caption]]Sister Jo Ana Ranson cited by the Pan Helenic Council of New York[[/caption]]

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[[caption]]A New York undergraduate[[/caption]]

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[[caption]]Meet the National Grand Basileus MRS. ISABEL MORGAN HERSON.[[/caption]]

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[[caption]]Convention Planning meeting with the Oklahoma Hostess Chapter and the Zeta National Board at the Convention Hotel.[[/caption]]

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was organized at Howard University on January 16, 1920, as the result of the encouragement given the five founders by Charles Robert Taylor and Langston Taylor, members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity who felt that the campus would profit by the development of such an organization as sisters to the fraternity.

As a result, Sorors Arizona Cleaver, Viola Tyler, Myrtle Pearl Neal, and Fannie Pettie became founders of Zeta Phi Beta. Thus Zeta Phi Beta with Phi Beta Sigma became the first official Greek-letter sister and brother organizations.

Zeta Phi Beta held its first boule (convention) jointly with the Phi Beta Sigma conclave in December 1920 in Washington, D.C. It was the idea of the founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the idela of finer womanhood that Zeta Phi Beta had set up.

The new sorority was introduced to the Howard University community by a former reception at the Whitelaw Hotel, Washington, D.C., by Langston and Charles Taylor and by a meeting in the assembly room of Miner Hall at Howard University by Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta, the only other sororities.

The first president of Zeta Phi Beta was Soror[[cut off]]
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