Beta Zeta Charter Member: Rachael Guy Moore


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  • Dunbar High School
  • Howard University, A.B. 1925
  • Columbia University Teachers College, MA 1931

In 1916 the NAACP Drama Committee selected Angelina Weld Grimke’s anti-lynching play “Rachel” as the winner of a playwriting competition to protest D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation.” The play debuted at Miner Normal School in Washington, DC, with Rachael Guy Moore playing the title role.

The Washington Evening Star called the cast “uniformly excellent. Miss Rachel Guy in the role of Rachel, the leading character, displayed talent in a part that necessitated considerable range and ability along emotional lines.”

In addition to acting, Moore was a school teacher in the public schools of Washington, DC. She was an Honor Student at Howard University, graduating with an A.B. degree in 1925, and received her Master’s degree in Education from Columbia University in 1931.

It was at her home on February 27, 1925, that the Beta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was organized.

Photo/Info: Washington Evening Star, March 4, 1916
Photo/Info: Crisis Magazine, April 1916 edition
Photo/Info: Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

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