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Zeta Phi Beta treats students with poetry

By Francis Bayog
Staff Writer

The Pi Lambda Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. hosted a spoken word poetry reading event called Z-Poetry Cafe in the Chavis University Center lounge on March 19.

The candles on the round tables illuminated the dark and jazzy atmosphere where students listened to poets express their thoughts and emotions through writing.

The poems shared throughout the audience covered a variety of topics: self-reflections, passionate love stories, relationship with children and freedom in our nation.

Waitresses served the audience a variety of refreshments, such as sweet tea and hot chocolate, catered by the cafeteria staff.

“Every year, the sorority hosts a finer womanhood week in honor of our very unique principle,” said Estella Fatima Johnson, vice president of Pi Lambda Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

“During this week, we host several workshops and events that are meant to enrich the campus in spirit, education and culture, said Johnson, who also read some of her works. “We felt there was no better event than a Poetry Cafe to enrich the campus in spirit, education and culture.”

“I especially found the event enjoyable. I was mystified by all the talents present in the room. As a spoken word artist, I was just happy people enjoyed my work,” she said.

The sorority plans to host a spoken word event again next year since they said that it turned out well.

“We are about to get tied up in another week for community service, another principle of our sorority,” Johnson said.

Performers reaction
“The whole night was like a quick adrenaline and my stomach was full of nervousness. It’s the worst but best experience to perform in front of many people. I enjoyed the setup and the crowd’s reactions,” said Darius Johnson, a performer and a part of the spoken word group called The MetaForce.

Zeta Phi Beta history
The Pi Lambda Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc was the first black sorority on the UNCP campus. They have been here for 26 years and take great pride in their work.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was founded on Jan. 16, 1920, at Howard University by five students.

It is the only organization bound to a brother organization Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

According to the organization’s website, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded “on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty and health concerns of the day.”

Zeta Phi Beta's principles are community service, scholarship, sisterly love and finer womanhood.



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