The History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Minnesota begins with Iota Zeta Zeta chapter.
Having a Zeta chapter in Minnesota became a reality on November 17, 1979. Great Lakes Regional Director, Soror Josephine Crowell (1974-1980) traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to charter Iota Zeta Zeta chapter. The charter members are Sorors Gladys Anderson, Mary Charles, Fannie Harrell, Effie McKerson, Anita Spencer, Bettye Spencer, Linda Spencer and Nancy Williams.
A reception was held in celebration of the new chapter at The University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Soror Josephine Crowell was the keynote speaker for the occasion and Mrs. Nancy Latimer presented a Proclamation from mayor George Latimer, mayor of St. Paul, MN. The second chapter to follow Iota Zeta Zeta was the Sigma Beta Zeta chapter.
Kappa Pi chapter, the first undergraduate chapter in the state of Minnesota, was initially chartered in the early 1990’s and was officially rechartered as a Citywide chapter (Minneapolis/St. Paul) on March 31, 1997.
Sigma Beta Zeta chapter was chartered at Boule 2000 in Philadelphia, PA. SBZ was chartered on July 12, 2000 during Dr. Barbara West Carpenter administration. The charter members are Sorors Catherine Butcher, Chestine Clay, Fannie Harrell, Bernadette Harrell, Willa Mae Garnett and Barbara Winbush. At the Minnesota/Wisconsin State Leadership Conference, SBZ was introduced to all chapters present at the conference.
SBZ received numerous congratulatory cards and phone calls. Iota Zeta Zeta chapter was the first to send a card of congratulations to the new chapter.
Sigma Phi chapter, the second and youngest undergraduate chapter in the state of Minnesota. They are housed on the campus of Mankato State University in Mankato, MN. They were chartered February 26th, 2020 as a Centennial Chapter.