Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say “[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish.”
The Sorority was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa; to form adult and youth auxiliary groups – the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes; to centralize operations with a paid international headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a brother group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Denardo Badsen, upon crossing the burning sands of Phi Beta Sigma Nu Beta Chapter in the Spring of 1997, decided that there were several things he wanted to achieve during his undergraduate service to his Blue and White family. One of which was to establish a chapter of Zeta Phi Beta on the Campus of Georgia Tech. After many trials and tribulations he, with the help of the brothers in his chapter and two Georgia State Sorors put together a Zeta informational in the fall of 1999. The Undergraduate Chapter at Georgia Tech was realized in the Spring of 2000. Frat Badsen’s goal was finally attained and the rest is Gamma Rho herstory.