During the latter months of 1911 a discussion was conducted regarding a new boulé among several men in New York City. W.E. B. Du Bois, editor of The Crisis, seemed to have an interest in an organization of the nature of Sigma Pi Phi and contracted a select group of college men. It is said that he presented to them this question: “Would you like to join a group of like-minded college men in the establishment of a boulé as a subsidiary of Sigma Pi Phi?” Affirmative answers were given to this question by a group of men who were later to form the basis for a boulé in New York and its environs. On January 6, 1912, Zeta Boulé was established as the sixth boulé. This took place in the office of The Crisis at 29 Vesey Street. Among thevisiting Archons, who numbered fifteen, were Archons from Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Epsilon. The initiation was conducted by Archon McCard assisted by Henry M. Minton and Richard R. Wright, Jr., of Alpha Boulé and Mason A. Hawkins of Gamma Boulé .
Zeta Boulé formed for the purpose of binding men of like qualities into a close, sacred fraternal union, so that the members may know the best of one another, and that each in this life may to his full ability aid the other, and by concerted action bring about those things that seem best for all that cannot be accomplished by individual effort.
This induction ceremony was described as being “warmly enjoyed by all, especially, however, by those who were taken in.” A report of this occasion stated that
“To Archons W.E. B . Du Bois, C.E. Bently and W. C. McCard must be conceded in a large measure the success not only of organizing Zeta, but also of bringing together such an excellent group of men.”
Today, Zeta Boulé continues the 100-year legacy ofl leadership, achievement and commitment.