All Tea, All Shade:
E. Patrick Johnson Scholar-Artist Visit

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E. Patrick Johnson has published widely in the areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, and performance. He is the founder and director of the Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern and a project artist at a nonprofit arts organization engaged in art for social change and impact. Johnson’s performance work dovetails with his written work. His staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” is based on his book, Sweet Tea, and has toured to over 100 college campuses from 2006 to the present, and his full-length stage play, Sweet Tea: The Play, premiered in Chicago and toured to Austin, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Durham, and the National Black Theater Festival.

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In addition to the following, be sure to check out the full schedule of upcoming Q Collective events!


March 28, 2022

(4 - 5:30pm)

Student Mixer
For LGBTQ+ student organizations and students

Come socialize with fellow students and meet artist/scholar E. Patrick Johnson. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. (MCALC 2201)


March 29, 2022

(11:30am - 2:30pm)

Mentoring Lunch & Workshop
For LGBTQ+ and/or Faculty of Color (registration required)

This workshop offers the unique opportunity to work directly with artist/scholar E. Patrick Johnson. Hosted by the Q Collective (Richmond Salons 3&4)


March 29, 2022

(6:00pm - 8:30pm)

Film Screening & Conversation
For VCU and the general public (event is free but registration required)

Join us for a screening of the iconic film "Making Sweet Tea." E. Patrick Johnson travels to the South to come to terms with his past and reconnect with six Black gay men he interviewed for the book "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South-An Oral History."

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artist/scholar, facilitated by VCU's Dr. Kimberly Brown. (Grace Street Theatre)


March 30, 2022

(11:30am - 1pm)

Book Talk / Q Symposium Keynote
For VCU and the general public

E. Patrick Johnson will read from "HoneyPot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women." In this seminal 2019 book, Johnson bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South. The women whose stories he tells come from all walks of life and recount their experiences on topics ranging from coming out and falling in love to mother/daughter relationships, religion, and political activism.

This event also serves as the Keynote Event of the Q Symposium.

The author will be signing the book afterwards. (University Student Commons, Commons Theater)