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Local Zeta Phi Beta Sorority chapter to honor organization’s centennial

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded in 1920, and to celebrate its centennial, the local Nu Kappa Zeta chapter will host a Royal Blue and White Gala Saturday.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vicksburg City Auditorium.

Local chapter vice president, Malisa Williams said the Nu Kappa Zeta chapter was founded in 1986.

Charter members were Dr. Alice Powell, the late Patricia J. Scott, Allyese B. Davis, Linda Stewart and Joycie Bright, Williams said.

Currently, there are 33 members in the local chapter, and Williams said members are chosen based on their character, academic achievements and community service.

In keeping with the sorority’s national mission, Williams said, the Nu Kappa Zeta chapter is involved in many community and area projects.

“We are group partnerships with females of the community by sponsoring Amicae and youth auxiliaries that include the Pearletts, Amicettes and Archonettes,” Williams said.

The chapter also sponsors plays, award banquets, and galas, and also partners with the Sigma Brothers of Kappa Epsilon Sigma Chapter in Vicksburg to coordinate a blood drive in December.

Other projects, Williams said, include assisting with the Meals on Wheels program, sponsoring a health awareness fair and contributing to community illiteracy eradication programs.

The Nu Kappa Zeta chapter also awards annual scholarships to two female high school students the Vicksburg Warren School District and the Claiborne County School District.

“Nu Kappa Zeta Chapter established the Patricia J. Scott Scholarship Fund, in 2006 to honor our Triumphant Soror Patricia J. Scott, who was a charter member, youth advisor and trailblazer of our beloved chapter,” Williams said.

The local chapter has also served as the graduate sponsoring chapter for Zeta Chapter at Alcorn State University since 1989.

Saturday’s event is open to the public and the cost is $25 per person and will include entertainment and a full meal, Williams said. For more information, 601-415-7239.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is one of the country’s largest African-American women’s service organizations.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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