The Five Pearls:
Arizona Cleaver Stemmons: Soror Arizona Cleaver Stemons was the first International Grand Basileus for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She studied social work during her Undergraduate and Graduate years. In 1928, she married James Stemons. She worked mostly in Pennsylvania, working with the Philadelphia Department of Public Assistance. She also worked as a case worker for the Philadelphia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as well as the Juvenile Court Probation Offices in Philadelphia.
Pearl Anna Neal: Soror Pearl Anna Neal was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music at Howard University, she went on to become the first black woman in New York to earn a Master’s Degree in Music from Columbia University. She also studied at the prestigious Julliard. Her music teaching career began in Americus, Georgia. She briefly taught in Texas, and then returned to her home in North Carolina where she decided to end her career.
Myrtle Tyler Faithful: Soror Myrtle Tyler Faithful was born in Flushing, Ohio. After receiving her degree from Howard University, she went back to Ohio and became a high school teacher in the areas of Math and English. She then went on to teach in Maryland, and retired from teaching once she married and had children. She was an active member of the Alpha Zeta chapter in Baltimore, Maryland, and later went on to become the second International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Viola Tyler Goings: Soror Viola Tyler Goings, also born in Flushing, Ohio like her sister Soror Myrtle Tyler Faithful, graduated with a math major and teaching degree from Howard University. She went on to teach in North Carolina, and later became the Assistant Principal at a high school in Maryland. She married Fred Goings and they moved to Springfield, Ohio where she continued her teaching career.
Fannie Pettie Watts: Soror Fannie Pettie Watts graduated from Howard University with a BA in Education. She used her degree to teach at both middle schools and high schools in Savannah, Georgia. She also organized the Omicron Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in Brooklyn, New York. While there, she worked as a Social Investigator for the Department of Social Service