File #: 220952    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/1/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/1/2022
Title: Recognizing, honoring and congratulating Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated on its 103rd Founders' Day.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature22095200
Recognizing, honoring and congratulating Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated on its 103rd Founders' Day.

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia City Council traditionally recognizes significant contributions to our community, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is one such contributor and prepares to celebrate its 103rd Founders' Day on January 16, 2023; and

WHEREAS, On January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts; and

WHEREAS, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day; and

WHEREAS, Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters at 1734 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Washington D.C.; to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and was the first black Greek letter organization to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade; and

WHEREAS, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., are the only National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations that can claim an authentic brother-sister association through a constitutional bond; and

WHEREAS, This constitutional bond allows both organizations to work closely together as they attempt to materialize what their founders envisioned through a deep and abiding dedication to enhancing and promoting systematic fellowship, African-American self-determination, justice, equal rights and service to all humankind; and

WHEREAS, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc....

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