CINCINNATI (April 26, 2022) – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the National Black Marathoners Association will host their annual events in Cincinnati this week, according to Visit Cincy, the region’s convention and visitors bureau.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host their annual 2022 Great Lakes Regional Leadership Conference at the Duke Energy Convention Center from April 28-30. One of the largest predominately Black sororities, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 16, 1920 and has more than 800 Chapters located in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. The Sorority's international programs such as Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) through Mind, Body and Spirit serve to empower people from all walks of life. The sorority espouses the highest academic ideals and that has resulted in its members serving in groundbreaking roles in all fields of endeavor.
The regional conference will also be attended by International Officers of the Divine 9 Black Greek organizations. The theme of this year's conference is “Teamwork is Key.” The (sisters) Honorable Myrtle Tyler-Faithful and The Honorable Viola Tyler-Goings, two of the organizations founders were born in Ohio. Cincinnati is also hosting the 2024 International Boule conference of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which will bring over 3,000 attendees and 6,500 total room nights representing $5.3 million dollars in economic impact to the region.
Members of the National Black Marathoners Association will travel to Cincinnati over Flying Pig Marathon weekend for the 2022 NBMA National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame and Achievement Awards Program, which will be held at the National Underground Railroad Museum's Harriet Tubman Auditorium on Saturday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The event will premiere the documentary “Breaking Three Hours: Trailblazing African American Women Marathoners.” Registration is available at blackmarathoners.org.
The National Black Marathoners Association is the largest and oldest, national, not-for-profit organization that supports Black American distance runners. The organization has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to college-bound, high school seniors. Association Members are also participating in the events of the Flying Pig Marathon from April 29-May 1.