In collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. brings over 1,100 members to Washington, marking a historic milestone for the organization
WASHINGTON, D.C., – On September 20, 2023, a monumental event will unfold in the heart of the nation’s capital as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosts its annual Zeta Day on the Hill. This longstanding social action programmatic initiative will see the convergence of more than 1,100 members of the organization, creating a historic milestone for Zeta Phi Beta. As they unite, their mission resonates strongly: to advocate for policy changes that directly address the challenges faced by communities of color throughout the United States. This year’s focus is the pivotal Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.
A Pioneering Advocacy Effort
Zeta Phi Beta’s annual event carries profound significance, symbolizing the organization’s dedication to activism and change. The forthcoming gathering stands out as an unprecedented endeavor, bringing together over 1,100 members who are committed to advocating for the passage of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. This legislation, crucial for tackling the dire state of maternal health among Black women, has far-reaching implications.
Dottery Butler Washington, International Co-Director of Social Action for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., eloquently stated, “Black women are dying because doctors do not take us seriously. As black women, we must take our lives back, educate ourselves, and instruct doctors on how to treat our symptoms and bodies. The legacy our organization will leave behind on the steps of Washington this September will be one of action that pushes our leaders to stand up and fight for women to access the care they need and deserve.”
A Pivotal Moment Amidst Challenges
The context of the ongoing pandemic lends an extraordinary dimension to this year’s event. After five years, Zeta Phi Beta will finally reconvene in person for their annual gathering. The organization’s commitment to women’s reproductive rights, underscored by their support for the Momnibus Act, aligns harmoniously with Zeta Phi Beta’s broader campaign for global well-being.
“The United States bears the dubious distinction of having the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries. Despite years of discourse, this crisis only deepens,” noted Dr. Stacie NC Grant, International President & CEO of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. wholeheartedly endorses the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, a legislative measure that actively addresses the root causes of maternal mortality, morbidity, and disparities within the country.”
A Vision Beyond Advocacy
The impact of Zeta Day on the Hill extends beyond its immediate proceedings. The event marks a prelude to the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, a significant platform where Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will host an illuminating panel titled “Politics, Policy and Reproductive Justice” on September 21st. This panel serves as an avenue for Zeta Phi Beta to broaden and emphasize their advocacy for health justice. The discussion, open to all conference attendees, promises to stimulate dialogue on critical issues.
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