To view the complete lecture by Dr. Evans, click the picture to the left.
Black women around the world have written about tea as a tool for health and wellness. This work surveys over 300 memoirs to map a history of traditions from herbal senna and sassafras to pekoe in Kenya and Virginia. Dr. Evans, a professor of Black women's intellectual history, maps stories of infusions through Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. "Black Tea History" argues for the value of teaching and institutionalizing lessons about historical wellness--especially in high stress professions like higher education. Historical narratives offer lessons for creating internal and external green space. Life writing helps readers identify how tea can support mental, physical, spiritual, and social strategies proven to help manage stress. This work also emphasizes the need for critical analysis of historical wellness in order to not perpetuate harmful myths embedded in past tea traditions and to advocate for fair political and economic practices.
Global tea magazine (Portugal)
Dr. Evans interviewed by Cat Kerr about historical wellness that contextualizes tea culture in Atlanta, GA.
The Black Women’s Mental Health Institute is pleased to present the 2023 Mental Health Equity and Liberation Summit in recognition of July as Mental Health Liberation Month.
Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQIA+ and Indigenous speakers have been invited to share their perspectives on what it means to provide culturally responsive mental health care and services. This special event will take place at the Samford University in historic Birmingham, Alabama on July 13, 2023. The theme of this year’s summit is: The Invisibly Obvious: Politics and Mental Health Disparity
Summit Location: Samford University - Brock School of Business
This is a Hybrid Event. Virtual Registration available.
Join us for this exciting event. There are two convenient registration options.
(1) Participants can register online at:
(2) Participants can complete a registration form and mail it with a check or money order.
Dr. Evans presented, "Black Tea History: Roots of Wellness in the African Diaspora" at the UC Davis Global Tea Institute in January 2023.
For description, read Jeffrey Day, “From Mental Health to Insect Damage, Colloquium Examines Tea’s Value,” UC Davis Letters and Science, https://lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/news/colloquium-examines-teas-value, 1.20.2023
Black Women Professional Historians, November 7, 2022, Atlanta History Center. A group of Black women historians in the state of Georgia gathered to "Spill Tea in the Living Library." Dr. La'Neice Littleton, a member of the Africana Tea Network, hosted the event, cultivating community on behalf of the Ancestors.
Photo credits: Jena P. Jones.
Atlanta History Center, November 7, 2022. Dr. Stephanie Evans offered the keynote for the event and enjoyed positive and lively engagement from colleagues about her new research on Black women's tea history.
Tea provided courtesy of Ashford Tea Co. in Savannah, GA.
To order visit https://ashfordtea.co/ref/stephanie.evans/
Photo credits: Jena P. Jones.
Dr. Falami Devoe, Dania Wright, Dr. Nishaun Battle, and Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow presented "Spilling the Tea About Black Women's Self-Care" at the September 2022 ASALH Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.
Invite to the May 2022 Tea Table Talk
Join NO MORE MARTYRS for tea! This organization, founded by Dr. Nadia Richardson, is a mental health awareness campaign for Black women and girls. Eventbrite information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/africana-tea-a-history-of-black-womens-health-tickets-325921549127