Today is founders’ day for my illustrious sorority. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
When Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded, times were tough. The years just before and after 1920 were difficult for blacks. It was a time of racial hatred. Many whites joined the Ku Klux Klan organization. The Klan often terrorized blacks. Klan members sometimes burned fiery crosses in front of the houses of black families. And they sometimes beat and murdered blacks.
It was a time of migration from many blacks to the north from the south. But, all was not well in the north with lacks of homes and jobs. Changes in government with the Volstead Act (18th Amendment) and the adoption of the 19th amendment were occurring in a relatively volatile time. However, New York (Harlem) was exploding with the Harlem Renaissance and the amazing talents that were emerging. This period of creativity saw such great writers, poets and artists as Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
One of my favorite authors was Zora Neale Hurston. Zora Neale Hurston was a brilliant writer that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance. Zora was a Zeta too.
My sorority sisters and I have had a weekend of activities planned. We will also be doing our annual service project today. One of our core principals is service. You see why I love this sorority right?