Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to celebrate 94 years of service

Epsilon Zeta Zeta, Beta Beta and Kappa Eta chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will observe Founders’ Day at 2 p.m. today at Damascus Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 224 N. Cypress St.

The chapters will recognize Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for 94 years of service and volunteerism that continues to be prevalent among the members of the sorority. Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter will celebrate its 60th anniversary during the annual Founders’ Day Observance program.

The theme for the occasion is “Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths.”

The speaker for the occasion will be Dr. Katherine Glover-Collins. A native of Pine Bluff, Glover-Collins always wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She began her journey as the salutatorian of the 1997 graduating class of Pine Bluff High School. She went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in biology at Xavier University in Louisiana. It is also at Xavier University where she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. During her tenure at Xavier University, she proved to be a leader in the classroom as well as the community, graduating magna cum laude and holding many positions including being a member of the Peer Dean Association, the Xavier University Yearbook editor, UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Research fellow, and various leadership offices that included two years as president for Beta Delta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Glover-Collins attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where she received both her medical doctorate and doctorate of philosophy in cancer biology. She is currently completing her surgical training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the general surgery residency training program. Glover-Collins is the wife of Marcus Collins, also a native of Pine Bluff. She is the mother of two sons, Marcus II and Cameron.

The members will also worship together at Kings Highway Missionary Baptist at 11 a.m. today.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was organized at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 1920, as a result of encouragement given to the five founders by members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. It 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 today.

The international president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is Mary B. Wright of Houston, Texas. Marian Evans-Lee is president of the local chapter. Zendrisha Salter is president of the undergraduate chapter, Beta Beta, on the campus of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Celina Sanders is the president of Kappa Eta Chapter at the University of Arkansas Monticello.

Founders’ Day Committee members are Peggy Evans, Mattie Glover, Shirley Bruce, Bobbie Bridges, Joan Crater, Evelyn Hildreth, Florentine Humphrey and JoAnn Stinson.

The public is invited to attend.