Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter History

Two young ladies, Alpha Hayes Moore and Mamie Lucille Horne Butler of Jacksonville, Florida were students during the late 20's on the campus of Howard University. On returning to their hometown of Jacksonville, FL after graduation, they brought back a wealth of knowledge and an immense desire to share with their community the many things that they learned in college about Zeta Phi Beta. The two were so impressed with the extracurricular activities they encountered as members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority - its principals of finer womanhood, service, scholarship and sisterly love: that they decided to secure permission from the national executive board to expand Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to the state of Florida. Soror Alpha H. Moore received permission and on December 12, 1936 The Iota Alpha Chapter was chartered in Jacksonville Florida. This was the first chapter in the state of Florida and the first mixed undergraduate and graduate chapter in the Southeastern Region.

In 1943 after its undergraduate members graduated from college, the graduate chapter, Beta Alpha Zeta was established. The chartered date was April 12, 1944.

The Chartered Leaders were:
* Soror Alpha Hayes Moore
* Soror Mamie Lucille Horne Butler
* Soror Waltee Mamie McRae
* Soror Arnolta Johnston Williams
* Soror Elinor B. Littlejohn
* Soror Blanche Gaines Jenkins

Since those humble beginnings, Beta Alpha Zeta has enjoyed many first. We were the first chapter in the state to own a sorority house, first in the area to open a Stork's Nest, first in the state to set up an Amicae chapter. We have also become an award-winning chapter on the State Regional and Nation levels for membership and ZHOPE programing.



Beta Alpha Zeta Our Charter Members

Alpha H. Moore

Born June 12, 1902 in Jacksonville, Florida. She gained her lower education in the public schools of Jacksonville Florida and attended Howard University for her Post graduate studies and earned a A.B. degree in Education. Her graduation, motto was “Will teach Live and let live.” Her professional career resulted in becoming a music teaching at the same school she attended; Stanton High School. Her love for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority principals inspired her and Mamie L. Butler to secured permission from the national board to begin a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Chapter in Jacksonville Florida. Thus, the magnificent Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter was chartered April 12, 1944.

Chapter Originator Alpha Hayes Moore’s’ triumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, September in the year 1988.

Mammie L. Butler

Born December 28, 1902 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was a graduate of Florida Baptist Academy of St. Augustine, Florida, now known as Florida Memorial University of Miami Florida. She earned an A.B. degree from Howard University for her Post graduate studies and majoring in Education; and later earned a M.A. degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She was one of the Duval County’s Outstanding Educator’s. She became the first Supervisor of Public music for Choral Music and was Chairwomen of the Social Studies Department. Because of her love for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and its principles, her music background and her community involvement, she joined with Alpha H. Moore in securing permission from the national board to expand Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in Jacksonville Florida, resulting into the magnificent Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, chartered April 12, 1944.

Chapter Originator Mamie L. Butler's trumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, October in the year 2005.

Arnolta J. Williams

Born December 15, 1893 in South Carolina. She graduated from Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina with a A.S. degree in Education. Upon graduating she pursed teaching for one year until she married her Husband Dr. I. E. Williams. After marriage she gave up her career and focused on being a Doctor’s wife and homemaker. Her concern about government at all levels and the community drew her to Zeta Phi Beta because of their aims and its belief in improving the lives of women and others in the community. Her commitment to service resulted in her awarded over 50 awards. The most honorable was United Way of America’s Alexis de Tocqueville Award presented to her by President Ronald Regan.

Charter member Arnolta Johnston Williams triumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, May in the year 1995.

Waltee M. McRae

Born September 6, 1906 in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated with a teaching degree and taught in Tampa Florida’s public-school system before relocating back to Jacksonville Fl.

Charter member Waltee Mamie McRae triumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, July in the year 1987.

Blanche G. Jenkins

Born April 18, 1895 in Terrell Co. Georgia. She relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1920’s and earned a teaching degree. She taught for the Duval County school system until she retired.

Charter member Blanche G. Jenkins triumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, January in the year 1976.

Elinor B. Littlejohn

Born July 14, 1894 in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a nursing degree and worked in that profession until she retired.

Charter member Elinor B. Littlejohn triumphant life ended in Jacksonville, Florida, December in the year 1987.



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