Chapter History 


KPZ Charter Members 

The idea of a new chapter in the Metropolitan Detroit area was the brainchild of the late Ione Hartley Gibson.  She asked Sorors Florida Mitchell, Mary Louise Beamon, Brenda Gibson Reed, and Constance Russell to join her in establishing this new chapter.  They worked diligently in getting their Constitution & Bylaws written and selected officers.  These five (5) Sorors later recruited nineteen (19) more Sorors, who were also excited about the possibility of chartering a new chapter. They worked hard and long beginning early in 1978.  After two and a half years of work, preparation and determination, they were granted a charter.  Kappa Rho Zeta Chapter was chartered on Saturday, February 18, 1981 at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, with twenty-four (24) Sorors. Soror Annye Roberts, then Michigan State Director, officiated over the ceremony. On Saturday, March 29, 1981, the chapter was introduced to the community at a formal reception, held at Wayne State University Alumni House.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., 
Kappa Rho Zeta Chapter - Highland Park ~ Metro Detroit 
Patricia Ashford-Byers
​ M. Louise Beamon
Doris J Cook *
Mertas Cunningham
Dorothy Dash *
Dr. Ruby Delaney*
Estrellita Gibson
Ione H. Gibson * Basileus Emeritus
Phyllis Gibson
Ollie Hill *
Mattie Hotchkiss *
Pauline Cannon Jackson
Mary Johnson
Karen Ledford
Rev. Naomi Meadows *
Florida Mitchell *
Johnetta Morrow *
Brenda R. Reed
Rosetta Riley
M. Constance Russell *
Betty Stines
Ruby Walters
Michele G. Whitted
Lille E. Wilson *

​ * Deceased

On November 21, 1993, twelve women were inducted into the Highland Park Amicae Auxiliary.  Those members were:  (*deceased)

Dorothy Hale, President*
Mildred Hall           
Ernestine Rogers
Marge Brantley               
Carla Henderson  
Keitha Rodger
Bernice Clark          
Joan Jordon*
Catherine Dorsey                  
​Sallie Poindexter    
Kimberly Garvin   
Bea Rogers

Since their inception, this auxiliary group has received numerous awards and accolades. They have been recognized by the State of Michigan for their support of the AIDS Foundation of Michigan, and the coalition of Labor Union Women.  The Highland Park Amicae have supported numerous agencies and facilities for the homeless, children and senior citizens.  Members of the group have also served in leadership positions on the state and regional levels.

In 1968 the name Archonette was adopted for the national senior high youth auxiliary.  Archonettes are young ladies ages 14 to 18 years old.  The Archonettes of Kappa Rho Zeta Chapter were organized under the sponsor of Mattie Mitchell in the 1980’s.

It was not until 1970, that the Amicettes were adopted by the entire body of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Amicettes are girls ages 9 to 13 years old. The Amicettes of Kappa Rho Zeta Chapter were organized under the sponsors, Sharon Stewart and Michele Whitted in 1998.

​Zeta believes that the earlier children are brought into the positive and wholesome influences, the better they will become progressive citizens and leaders in our community. Pearlettes are young girls ages 4-8 years old.  In July 1994 in Orlando, Florida, the national body of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority adopted the Pearlettes as the third national youth auxiliary.  The Pearlettes of Kappa Rho Zeta were organized under the sponsor of Jennifer Lewis in 2009.

The mission of our youth affiliates is to provide a carefully designed program of activities that will enhance young girls and ladies through community, academic, and personal development.