Sorority Chapter members hold awareness programs, aid in community projects

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter held a Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Virtual Program. The guest speaker for this program was Mrs. Rosalind Spain, Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Association. Mrs. Spain shared valuable information on the disease and resources their center provides. Also speaking was Ms. Claudeidra Houston, the parent of a child dealing with Sickle Cell. Ms. Houston gave information on caring for a child with sickle cell. The seminar was very well attended by members of the sorority as well as members of other Greek organizations and the public.

The sorority also held a virtual Domestic Violence Awareness program, and the guest speaker was domestic violence survivor, Mrs. Kamekio Lewis, an award-winning Community Advocate, Business Coach, and Career Counselor. She shared her experience of being in a domestic violence situation, how she was able to leave it, and is now in a positive, supportive marriage. The program was also very well attended.

The sorority’s annual Pre-Mature Awareness Sunday Program to bring awareness to the March of Dimes’ efforts to inform the public, raise funds, and take actions to prevent premature births was held on Nov. 13 at the Christian Baptist Church where Pastor Otis Jackson, Sr., and Sister Tracy Jackson, First Lady and sorority member, and their congregation hosted the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.  Sorority member, Yalaunda Taylor, was the guest speaker for the service. According to the March of Dimes, “Prematurity affects 1 out of 8 babies in the United States.”  Zeta Phi Beta has partnered with the organization for over 45 years.  Sorority members Carletta Jones, Amyah Washington, Sha’Ron Brown, Denise Washington-Cornelius, Linda Jones, and Lockey Reliford, also attended the service.

The ladies of the royal blue and pure white of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter, and Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches donated over 40 bags of candy to be distributed at the Witch Way to Main Street event in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Xi Epsilon, the undergraduate chapter at NSU, also donated several bags of candy to L. P. Vaughn Elementary School.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C, by five women affectionately known as “The Five Pearls.” The five coeds chose the name Zeta Phi Beta. Phi Beta was taken from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated to “seal and signify the relationship between the two organizations.”  Our founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.  Our motto is: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization.