Tea with Z

  • zora"Tea with Z” is an original and signature event of Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter. It was created in 1994 by Jacqueline Ward-Williams, Sandra Harris and Erma Killings.  The tea pays homage to the life of Zeta member and author Zora Neale Hurston.  In addition to celebrating Zora, a tea allows the chapter to go back in time to celebrate the finer things in life.


    Held on a Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere consists of soft music, petit fours, elegant cookies, china, lace, and a sampling of teas and other light refreshments.  Each year, the chapter invites a noted guest, preferably from the literary community to give their perspective of Zora Neale Hurston.  The annual program has expanded to include a Royal Tea Pot Competition, a Hat Competiton (renamed HATtitude) and an etiquette session.


    Several special or featured presenters have been:

    Valerie Boyd

    Arts editor at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and author of Wrapped in Rainbows – The Life of Zora Neale Hurston


    Norma Downs-Ashong (member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc)

    Producer/Talk Show Host, Educator, and Professional Storyteller known as Madam Griott


    RESONANCE: Spelman Women Speaking Truths

    Spelman College Choral Reading Group 




                        2017 Tea With Z                                             2017 Tea with Z Co-Chairs:

                                                                                              Cindy Givens and Erma Killings