Vonnia "Vonn" Harris Davis, is armed with a certificate in Documentary Arts from The Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and a degree in speech language pathology—from West Virginia University and Valdosta State University, respectively—she believes that she has the privilege to engage and strengthen beautiful minds on many levels.
Enamored with still and moving images since childhood, Vonn was always surrounded with breathtaking images from nature, family photos & films, popular movies, art and she is never far from her cameras. Inspiration to produce and direct her own documentaries came when she witnessed community change, economic decline and social injustices increasing globally. Vonn wanted to redesign the way the public processed the weapons of environmental and political tyrants. Passionate for oral history, story telling, frontal lobe development and film twisted the knot and the vocal folds vibrated synergistically. Whether using her voice for awareness, her eyes to focus on the not so obvious or capturing the dynamics of the subtle, she releases fiery pieces of work.
In the realm of activism, Vonn has worked as a consultant to connect cities and states with the heart of marginalized communities and organized photo shoots in protest of environmental and social biases.
Vonnia trademarked the word Affrolachia and launched a social media campaign to increase the awareness of African American Appalachia with an emphasis on West Virginia.
Her nonprofit, Blueprint 2022, advocates for vanishing black communities and education in culture and wants to serve as a roadmap for other endangered, marginalized and disenfranchised communities, in small ways that, with time, yield perennial results for the future.