Wednesday, January 16, 2008

On this day in the year of 1920

The year was 1920. It was the start of the decade, shortly after World War One, and a time of great prosperity for the country. Women were called dames, dolls, or the cat's meow. At the beginning of the decade, women still wore long skirts but the "Roaring 20s" brought a new look of short skirts and smartly coiffed shorter hair. Racial tensions were high and quotas set for immigrants coming into America. The Klan was very active during this period. The Harlem Renaissance was acknowledged as the first important movement of black artists and writers in the US.
On January 16, 1920, the Volstead Act became effective, heralding the start of Prohibition and on August 18th of the same year, Tennessee delivered the crucial 36th ratification necessary for the final adoption of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. The worst and longest economic recession to ever hit the United States would define the end of the decade-the Great Depression.It was within this environment that Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded January 16, 1920, this very day... Zeta 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. (Excerpt taken from our international website)

Sorors let us not forget that simple belief was back then...sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations...to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of this day and age. Happy Founders Day...sorors let's get back to the basics.

6 comments:

Salt-n-Pepper Diva said...

I stumbled upon your blog, Soror....Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga. 1978. Unfortunately I have not been active since 1990, but still hold true to Z Phi B!

Salt-n-Pepper Diva said...

You are bringing back memories. I contacted the Beta Iota Chapter, which I and 4 other women founded,beautiful sisters, at Spelman with the National Chapter and I stand corrected, the year was 1979. How time flies and how much we forget.

Finer Womanhood.

Trina said...

Hey Soror! WOW 1979!! Now that is history. I am just a kitten in your eyes. Wilberforce University 1996. Please allow me the honor of remaining in contact with you. I would love to chat with you concerning your experiences.

I am not active either. I am taking a small hiatus after serving on the executive board of Rho Delta Zeta chapter in Michigan.

Salt-n-Pepper Diva said...

Hey Soror...
1979, that's history, you are funny because, yes, I am an OG! I very seldom tell anyone these days that I was even in a sorority, but your tribute to the founding moved me.

Feel free to contact me via email at any time.

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Naturalist1 said...

Hapy Zetaversary.