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A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins / Constitutionally Bound

 
 
A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 6, 2021
1. A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins side of the marker
Inscription.  
A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins
Charles Robert Samuel Taylor, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, which was founded on Howard University's campus on January 9, 1914, envisioned a sister organization that would give life and inspiration to his fraternity. He is quoted as finding the embodiment of that inspiration in his sweetheart, Arizona L. Cleaver, also a student at Howard. It was on one evening in 1919, that Charles took Arizona for a walk along the reservoir, sharing with her, his desire of a sister organization of "finer and stronger women that would make all men proud". Arizona, excited with the prospect, shared the vision — now also her vision — with her best friend, Pearl Anna Neal, and along with three more intelligent, enthusiastic and earnest women, built a legacy…a nation…a Sisterhood. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Founder A. Langston Taylor worked with Charles to solicit support among the men of Sigma throughout the country. On Friday, January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority — Alpha Chapter — was officially organized on the campus of Howard University. The organizing members wrote the Sigma-Zeta
Constitutionally Bound side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 6, 2021
2. Constitutionally Bound side of the marker
Click or scan to see
this page online
link into the Zeta Constitution:

"We a group of college women organized as a sister group to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, do hereby bind ourselves together for the purpose of…" making it the only constitutionally bound brother and sister Black Greek-Letter Organization.

After graduation, although Charles lived in Kentucky and Arizona returned to her hometown, Hannibal, Missouri for some years before settling down in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, they maintained a lifelong bond that had started with the founding of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Brother Charles Robert Samuel Taylor and Founder A. Langston Taylor of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. ignited an undeniable spark and Founders Arizona Cleaver, Pearl Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler and Fannie Pettie fueled a legacy of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood by their creation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

And it all began with…
A lovers' stroll
Written by Mary Breaux Wright
24th International President

Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, International Centennial President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
Michael E. Cristal, International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated


Constitutionally Bound
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,
A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 6, 2021
3. A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins side of the marker
Inc.
1914
Founders
A. Langston Taylor • Leonard F. Morse • Charles I. Brown

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
1920
Founders
Arizona Cleaver Stemons • Pearl Anna Neal • Myrtle Tyler Faithful • Viola Tyler Goings • Fannie Pettie Watts

Dedicated on January 16th, 2020
Zeta Centennial Celebration

Jonathan Mason
34th International President
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated

Valerie Hollingsworth Baker
International Centennial President
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte • 20th International President & Centennial Commission Chair
Kim D. Sawyer • Centennial Commission Vice Chair


 
Erected 2020 by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 9, 1914.
 
Location. 38° 55.377′ N, 77° 1.093′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street Northwest and McMillan
Constitutionally Bound side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 6, 2021
4. Constitutionally Bound side of the marker
Drive Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 5th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Howard Pl NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (about 400 feet away); Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (about 400 feet away); Fortitude (about 600 feet away); Day of Honor 2000 (about 700 feet away); Phi Beta Sigma (about 700 feet away); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 700 feet away); Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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