These women, all students of the renowned Lewis Business College in Detroit, Michigan were namely Ann Porter, Earlene Carter, Katherine R. Douglas, Atheline Shelton Graham, Mattie Rankin, Ethel Madison. Merry Green Hubbard, Mae Edwards Curry, Ivy Burt Banks, Dorothy Sylvers Brown, and Lena Reed. They were visionaries of the highest order.
And so it was that eleven women met in 1942 and decided to begin an organization to serve the needs of African American business and professional women, to create a place and space where women of color could connect, express and share. They formed Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – a sisterhood that would connect Black women to each other professionally, provide a space where they could express the highest standard of womanhood and share their gifts, talents and skills with each other and, ultimately, the world.