Black women’s ideas
Can help solve global problems
At least, they solved mine
Copyright 2007-2017 © Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans. All rights reserved.
I research Black women's intellectual history. Specifically, I examine healing traditions in Africana memoirs to study how authors write about mental health and wellness. My work identifies themes that Black feminists-womanists call creative survival: health, education, music, and spirituality. 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.
Black women's memoirs are survival guides. Black women writers can be mentors as models of self-determination and transformation for social justice. Elders 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, Sonia Sanchez's peace haiku, and Byllye Avery's self-healing. By researching self-love, self-respect, and self-care, I provide consciousness-raising resources. My research addresses problems of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression stemming from violence that disproportionately impacts Black women. In essence, my work is a meditation on sustainable struggle. A luta continua.
2017 Honoree, Clark Atlanta UUniversity Delores Aldridge-Eldridge McMillan Award for Excellence in Research
2010-2011 University of Florida School of Arts and Sciences Colonel Allan and Margaret Crow Term Professor