Eta Phi Beta (ΗΦΒ) is an African american business sorority founded in October 1942 by 11 business majors.[1] Eta Phi Beta was founded in Detroit, Michigan at the historically black Lewis Business College.[1] In 1997, the organization had 91 chapters and over 5000 members internationally.[2]

Eta Phi Beta
FoundedOctober 1942; 81 years ago (1942-10)
Lewis Business College
EmphasisBusiness, African-american
MottoNot For Ourselves, But For Others
Colors  Crimson,   Gold and   Black
PhilanthropyNAACP, UNCF
Members5,000 lifetime
Affiliated youthBee-Ettes, Senords, Eta Kids
Affiliated menNational Council of SHADs
Headquarters19983 Livernois Avenue, Suite B
Detroit, MI 48221
WebsiteOfficial website

Founders edit

The founders include Ivy Burt Banks, Earline Carter, Katherine Douglas, Mae Edwards Curry, Merry Green Hubbard, Ethel Madison, Ann Porter, Lena Reed, Mattie Rankin, Atheline Shelton Graham, and Dorothy Sylvers Brown.[3] Eta Phi Beta was founded to foster women to enter into the world of business.[2]

Organization edit

Eta Phi Beta has a 3-month initiation process.[4] Past Presidents include Louise Broadmax.[5] Mildred Harpole in the 1990s [6] Loretta Kirk-Adair served as the 16th National President from 2010-2014.[4] In August 2014, Dr. Lillie Anderton Robinson became the 17th National President. In 2016 Dr. Robinson was re-elected to a second term through July 2018. Additional chapters exist at schools such as St. Augestine's.[7] as well as the city of Indianapolis.[8] The organization has over 80 chapters nationwide in 2002.[1] Initiatives also include the Queen Bee Initiative.[9] An auxiliary organization of Eta Phi Beta is the National Council of Shad Clubs.[1]

Community edit

In 1977 the Michigan state House of Representatives, a resolution making May 14, 1977 the Eta Phi Beta Sorority Day.[10] On June 13, 2009, That the House of Representatives of the 81st Texas Legislature hereby honor Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., as it commemorates its 2009 Founders Day.[11] Another resolution was made in the state of Georgia.[12] Eta Phi Beta funds various organizations including the March of Dimes, the NAACP, and the United Negro College Fund.[13] Eta Phi Beta is an affiliate member of the National Council of Negro Women.[14]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Eta Phi Beta, Inc. Celebrates 25th Biennal National Convention in North Carolina". Jet: 55–. October 28, 2002. ISSN 0021-5996.
  2. ^ a b Mjagkij, Nina (16 December 2003). Organizing Black America. Routledge. ISBN 1135581231.
  3. ^ "Eta Phi Beta - About Us". Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  4. ^ a b "Jacksonville free press".
  5. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (11 April 2005). "Jet". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company: 10–. ISSN 0021-5996.
  6. ^ "Reuben, Mildred Harpole to be honored for service to city". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. September 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Walter M. Kimbrough (2003). Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-0-8386-3977-1.
  8. ^ "Indianapolis Recorder 18 December 1971 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program".
  9. ^ Jessie Carney Smith (2006). Encyclopedia of African American Business. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-0-313-33110-7.
  10. ^ "Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan". 1979.
  11. ^ House Resolution HR01800
  12. ^ Senate Resolution 558
  13. ^ Michigan. Legislature. Senate (1984). Journal. J.S. Bagg.
  14. ^ Otis L. Hairston (2007). Picturing Greensboro: Four Decades of African American Community. The History Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-59629-284-0.