Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is the ‘oldest’ Zeta Chapter in the State of Mississippi. The Chapter was organized and chartered on October 14, 1938 at 723 Rose Street, in Jackson, Mississippi, under the leadership and guidance of Soror Pauline Allen Davis, Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter, Memphis, TN with the South Central Regional Director, Soror Lullelia W. Harrison, serving as the officiating officer.
Charter members of Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter
Soror Mollie Young Sims - Basileus
Soror Jennie O. Johnson - Anti-Basileus
Soror Helen Allen Cooper - Tamias/Grammateus
Soror Mabel Roseman Sims - Grammateus
Soror Julia Stutts Polk - Antapokritis
Soror Frances Alexander - Custodian
Soror Birdie Grades Winters
Soror Estelle G. Young
Since its inception in 1938 through the present, there have been nineteen (19) dynamic Chapter Basilei – ladies of vision, high moral character, and determination.
Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter, working in conjunction with the sorority’s national programs, has contributed much of the cultural, educational, religious, civic and social development of the State of Mississippi through various activities in the Greater Jackson Metropolitan Area, including but not limited to – the first Debutante Presentation for young black ladies; a Stork’s Nest; own and operate a tutorial center at 4410 Hanging Moss Road; provided political support to elect the first female judge in Mississippi in 1989 (Soror Patricia D. Wise), the first elected Black female Circuit Judge in Jackson in 1998 (Soror Tomie T. Green), and the first elected Black female District Attorney in the State of Mississippi in 2001 (Soror Eleanor Faye Peterson).
Since its inception in 1938 through the present, Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter is please to have encouraged a total of 27 sorors within its ranks to become Life Members with six of those becoming Golden Life Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Since its inception in 1938 through the present, Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter have chartered seven graduate chapters. The seven chapters are as follows: (1) Beta Xi Zeta - Biloxi, MS, (2) Nu Zeta - Meridian, MS, (3) Delta Chi Zeta - Lorman, MS, (4) Gamma Gamma Zeta -Columbus, MS, (5) Zeta Upsilon Zeta - Holly Springs, MS, (6) Zeta Psi Zeta - Clarksdale, MS, and (7) Gamma Beta Zeta - Brookhaven, MS.
Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter sponsors two undergraduate chapters: Lambda Beta Chapter on the campus of Jackson State University (1948) and Nu Beta Chapter (1950) on the campus of Tougaloo College.
Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter sponsors four auxiliary groups: Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes and Pearlettes.
In February, 1949, Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter initiated its first Dental Health Program during the presidency of Soror Mable Roseman Sims. Dr. Mavis Jones, first woman dentist in the State of Mississippi, was consultant and dentist for the project. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons were designated as "Children's Day". The project was made possible from funds raised through the "Zeta's Blue Revue". The local chapter will host its Blue Revue in April, 2004.
On March 13, 1976, the local chapter initiated the Stork's Nest at Mary C. Jones Neighbor Community Center on Whitfield Mills Road, with Soror Forrestine Robinson, chairperson; Soror Jessie Bishop, co-chairperson; and Soror Rosie Thompson, Basileus. In January, 2003, the local chapter reopened it Stork's Nest in the Jackson Medical Mall (Suite 3130) under the auspice of Soror Barnie A. McGee, Basileus.
In January, 2004, under the foresight of Soror Barnie A. McGee, Basileus, the local chapter went global by launching its website.