Beta Zeta Charter Member: Georgie Sheffey Johnson

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  • M Street High School
  • Miner Normal School
  • Howard University, A.B. 1923
  • Columbia University

Born in 1889, Georgie S. Johnson attended M Street High School in Washington, DC.  She received her training to teach from Miner Normal School and was appointed as a Mathematics instructor in the city’s public schools around 1906.  Desiring to further her education, she entered Howard University, completing an A.B. degree in 1923.  

Soon after Johnson graduated she began working to establish Zeta’s second graduate chapter, Beta Zeta.  Grand Basileus Nellie Buchanan advised her of the requirements, and she followed through, seeking women who addtionally had high moral and religious standards, were civic minded and demonstrated a commitment to community development.  Those brought on board were Mary Hewlett Plummer, Emma Askew Parker, Isabel M. Walker, Lucy F. Kiddrick, Rachael Guy Moore and Justine T. Maloney.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 7.34.09 AMScreen Shot 2016-06-15 at 7.33.43 AMThe charter was granted, and on February 27, 1925, Beta Zeta was organized with Johnson serving as the first Basileus from 1925-1929.  

In addition to her commitment to Zeta Phi Beta, Johnson devoted much of her time to the racial uplift work of the NAACP and the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA. 

She passed away November, 1978

Image of G. S. Johnson courtesy of Moorland Spingarn Research Center

Image of envelope and letter appears in the Beta Zeta Chapter Historical Record, 1925-1984.

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