Members of Zeta Phi Beta, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter of Natchitoches held “Think Pink Sunday” on Oct. 16 at the Hebrew Missionary Baptist Church in Ringgold. The Hebrew Missionary Pastor Henry F. Johnson, Jr., First Lady, and members welcomed the group and provided a Continental Breakfast that was served immediately after service. Members of the Sorority, Lockey Reliford, Belinda Turner, and Chileigh Mitchell shared information on breast cancer, such as the early signs, stages, statistics, self-examination, prevention, and support. After the presentation, breast cancer awareness gifts were presented to the congregation and the First Lady. A donation check was also presented to Pastor Johnson from the sorority. The Sorority is very appreciative of the Hebrew Baptist Church allowing them to share the information with them. Other sorority members attending were Carletta Jones, Candance Grayson, and Denise Washington-Cornelius.
Breast Cancer Foundation, Incorporated, “This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Finally, there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.”
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.
Our mission statement is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood, and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national program 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.
Some of the sorority’s local involvements include but not limited to Relay for Life, Natchitoches Council on Aging, CASA of Natchitoches, Adopt-a-School, Dolled Up Doll Drive, Voter Registration and National Night Out. Nationally we are in partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Refuge System), American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Women Veterans Rock. Our National Programs are National Education Foundation, Stork’s Nest, Z.H.O.P.E. (Zetas Helping Other People Excel and Z.O.L. (Zeta Organizational Leadership) just to name a few.