[The following was released by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated on 6/18/16]
On behalf of the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, I offer heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who senselessly lost their lives or were injured during the massacre at the Pulse Orlando nightclub. As the details continue to emerge about this vicious attack on the LGBTQ community, I become increasingly disturbed by this senseless loss of life, and desperately yearn for a time when love conquers hate.
As a “community-conscious, action-oriented organization,” we do not condone violence against any community, and that includes the LGBTQ community. Zeta will continue to support all communities who have been affected by gun violence.
In light of this mass shooting, I ask that our members traveling to attend our 2016 Grand Boulé in Orlando participate in a special Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) service project assisting the Orlando community as they cope with the aftermath of this tragedy. Currently, our local leaders are assessing how we can best serve. Boule’ attendees and Orlando area members will receive correspondence in the upcoming weeks with details about our plan of action. We invite our brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council to join us in service.
I believe in the power of prayer. Please pray without ceasing for the souls of 49 lives taken so violently, and a speedy recovery for the 53 injured during this shooting.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Mary Breaux Wright
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
International Grand Basileus