Vanessa Adams-Harris
Outreach & Alliances Director
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Vanessa Adams-Harris is Mvskoke (Creek) American Indian with African American/European ancestry.  She is an artist, producer, director, documentary filmmaker, theatre arts adjudicator, workshop facilitator, playwright, docent, human rights community activist/peacebuilder and spirit walker.  She has presented both nationally and internationally and currently serves as Outreach & Alliances Director for The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, President-North Tulsa Historical Society, Vice-President of TKWolf, Inc, an American Indian non-profit organization, and is Vice-Chair for the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission.  She presents regularly to schools as well as civic organizations on Oklahoma history, race and reconciliation.  In 2019 she presented the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre’s history to over 2,500 students in the Enid Public Schools District.  Co-presenter with Dr. Ann Dapice for the 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference “Resilience: Walking in Ancestral Footprints, Carrying Our Medicine,” Albuquerque, NM, and has trained among an international coalition for Women as Peacebuilders through the Just Governance Human Security-X Initiatives of Change in Caux, Switzerland on the Six Pillars of Human Security, which was developed from the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). She trained with Father Michael Lapsley, Institute of Healing for Memories-NA Workshop in Ossining, NY.  

Her area of study in anthropology and theatre continues to support her interest of the search for meaning with our sense of place giving emphasis on the essential usage of reconciliation in the process of building a lasting peace.   She draws on the need to present the historical accuracy of African American and Indigenous peoples' voices and lived experiences.  She edited and directed the documentary by TKWolf, Inc. “Unheard Voices-Stalking in Indian Country” and “Unheard, Unseen” an Interview with Dr. Reid Melloy a leading stalking forensic psychologist.