It is a unique concept that many have tried to imitate, duplicate, or replicate, but for 88 years,
it has remained a one of a kind phenomenon.
Although Sigma's highly crystallized ideas of brotherhood, scholarship, and service meets and exceeds the tools necessary to guide and support the general student population, as well as make Great Sigma Men, it did not meet the unparallel needs of women at that time. In order for a true student-oriented organization to be at an ultimate height of greatness, the strengths of both men and women are needed.
Thus, a quest was deployed to create a true sisterhood, following similar principles as Sigma, but having its own womanly uniqueness. Two Most Honorable Brothers accepted this monumental task. In the year 1920, their quest was complete with the birth of The New Light, and the creation of The Eternal Light. On January 16, 1920, the Year of The New Light was born when five phenomenal women created Zeta. The Most Gracious Pearls accepted Sigma's principles of scholarship and service, thus common sharing of the Greek letters PHI BETA!
The Eternal Light was created when Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta became the First and Only Constitutionally bound Greek-Lettered Organizations, thus becoming a True Family of Sisterhood and Brotherhood. But, being a separate entity, Zeta strides for the creation of "Finer Womanhood" and incorporates its own principle of sisterly love. Many Greeks have combined and claimed unity, however they are not constitutionally bound. They were not created from the same framework as were we, therefore, they can not a claim to be "True Family".