Copyright 2007-2017 © Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans. All rights reserved.
I research Black women's intellectual history. Specifically, I examine memoirs to study how Africana authors write about mental health and wellness. My work frames healing traditions and themes that Black feminists/womanists call creative survival: health, education, religion, and music. Memoirists such as Anna Julia Cooper (age 105) and Marian Anderson (96) model longevity. Their narratives reveal legacies of Black women who preserved mind, body, and spirit to empower themselves and others. In the tradition of Mary McLeod Bethune, teaching these stories is empowerment education: to investigate, interpret, and inspire.
Memoirs can be mentors and models of self-determination for social justice. Black women's memoirs posit that, despite worldly challenges, inner peace is possible. My study of Black women's inner peace stems from traditions like Dr. Cooper's progressive peace and Sonia Sanchez's peace haiku. By researching self-love, self-respect, and self-care, I provide consciousness-raising resources. My research seeks to address problems of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression stemming from violence that disproportionately impacts Black women. In essence, my work is about sustainable struggle. A luta continua.
2017 Honoree, CAU Delores Aldridge-Eldridge McMillan Award for Excellence in Research
Black women’s self-care:
Meditate for chronic stress
BREATHE peace in your heart
Black women’s joy. Songs
To empower survivors
Black women’s ideas
Can help solve global problems
At least, they solved mine