Valerie Hollingsworth Baker (Courtesy of
**FILE** Valerie Hollingsworth Baker (Courtesy of

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. one the country’s largest African-American women’s service organizations, will mark its 100th year of service with Centennial Week activities Jan. 12-18 in the District.

Zeta International Centennial President Valerie Hollingsworth Baker will kick off the week by unveiling an exclusive line of Zeta-inspired St. John apparel, followed by activities featuring D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, attorney and Zeta member Anita Hill, former Congresswoman and Zeta member Donna Edwards, April Ryan, Vivica A. Fox, Lamman Rucker, Raheem DeVaughn, R&B artist and Zeta member Syleena Johnson, plus electrifying performances by The Chuck Brown Band, Zeta member DJ Poizon Ivy & DJ Heat and the Zeta International Choir.

“This is a historic moment for [our sorority]. Finally, our epic Centennial Celebration begins. I am elated to lead these amazing women at this time in our history,” Hollingsworth Baker said. “We are thrilled to welcome our sisters who are traveling from across the world to Washington, D.C. Together, we’ll commemorate all that we’ve accomplished in the last 100 years and look forward with anticipation to what we will achieve next.”

Centennial Week activities include:

Sunday, Jan. 12: St. John reception at Queenstown Premium Outlets, 441 Outlet Center Drive, Queenstown, Maryland.

Monday, Jan. 13: Zeta Centennial digital signage activation will go live in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Memphis.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: A historic Founders’ Midnight Celebration will take place at Howard University, the birthplace of the sorority. Scheduled to perform are the Howard University Drum Line, musical artist Jacques Johnson and DJ Heat & DJ Pozion Ivy. Syleena Johnson will serve as Mistress of Ceremony.

Thursday, Jan. 16: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Founders’ Busts will be unveiled during the Centennial Experience at 3 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel, followed by an evening of celebration at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17: Rhapsody in Blue Fashion Show Extravaganza and Luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel featuring 10 designers including a surprise guest. In the afternoon, Zetas will distribute 5,000 blankets and toiletries to the homeless in the District. A Sisterhood Day-into-Night Denim and Pearls Party is set for 7 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Saturday, Jan. 18: The Finer Womanhood Empowerment Summit will take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel, and will showcase three panels of thought-leading women addressing issues related to education, health and wellness, family connectedness, social advocacy and economic development. This sold-out event will begin at noon. The Centennial Founders’ Gala will close out the week’s activities. This black-tie affair will take place at the Washington Hilton Hotel, starting at 7 p.m.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Zeta has initiated a diverse membership of more than 125,000 college-educated women with more than 850 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, go to

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