Sorority ends October with domestic violence, breast cancer awareness events

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated-Mu Omega Chapter of Natchitoches ended its October of Awareness with insightful and empowering events surrounding Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer.

The Mu Omega Chapter’s October Month of Awareness, in conjunction with the international sorority’s Z-Hope (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) program, has seen the chapter participate in a multitude of events such as National Night Out events in Natchitoches and the Village of Natchez, Which Way to Main Street, a Stroll to the Poll Voter Advocacy event, as well as the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk.  The month culminated with two powerhouse events held on Oct. 29 surrounding Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer.

On Sunday, the Mu Omega Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. opened the day with a Think Pink event in honor of breast cancer awareness, research and survivors at the St. Savior Church located in Grand Ecore. This event was hosted by Pastor Altorio Holden Sr. During a portion of the morning worship, members of Mu Omega Zeta Chapter, led by chapter member Sandy Irchirl, distributed literature, ribbons and remarks concerning the impact of this disease on our community and nation. This event was held in conjunction with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s nationwide Think Pink campaign, which raises awareness about breast cancer and funds for research to find a cure.

Later that evening, the Mu Omega Zeta Chapter hosted a zoom event featuring Dr. Brandie Medina of Houston, TX for its annual Domestic Violence Awareness program. Dr. Medina is a K-12 educator, fitness model, and domestic violence survivor. Dr. Medina shared her experience with Domestic Violence, as well as the triumphs she has made as the first African- American doctoral graduate of  St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. The event was spearheaded by member Coretta Conant and brought viewers across the South from Tennessee to Mississippi. 

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.”  Its founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. Its motto is: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization.