Anana Harris Parris is the founder of the Self Care Agency, Director of Operations and Community Affairs for the Davis Bozeman Law Firm, founder of the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization, the AfriSalsa fights HIV/AIDS Campaign, the SisterCARE Alliance and the Self Care Day Campaign. As the Director of Operations and Community Affairs, Ms. Parris overseas all internal operations, the internship program and the Community Affairs Division. Ms. Parris is responsible for organizing collaborative community projects such as: “Respect Black Life: I am Trayvon Martin March” of over 5000 marchers from Atlanta University Center to the CNN Center, “Remembrance March for Charleston Victims”, the Self Care Matters Tour and the New Beginnings Re-entry Mentoring Program in partnership with the Urban League, Morehouse School of Medicine and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of Northern District of Georgia.
Anana Harris Parris, born in Washington D.C., was raised by culturally rich and socially active parents from New Roads and Jennings, Louisiana who encouraged success in her career and community as a priority. While living in Washington D.C. as a student at Howard University, Ms. Parris worked as the Implementation and Marketing Coordinator for an international telecommunications company called Swisscom North America where she learned the art of Marketing and internal workflow implementation. Ms. Parris also coordinated a monthly socio-political discussion and dance event titled “The Community Gatherings” and began a dance career as a performing member of the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble. Ms. Parris forged a consulting career grounded in community conscious business enhancement. Ms. Parris accepted an offer to become the Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of the GTM Agency in June of 2000 in Atlanta, Ga. Ms. Parris established the operating structure of the startup company as well as the logistic operational design for their largest account, a 26 city national promotion of the Truth™ anti-tobacco campaign. Through the Truth Campaign, she was able to learn the power and technique of cause based brand marketing, innovative business plan modeling and gained invaluable experience with multilevel operations management.
In 2004, Ms. Parris launched the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization and the AfriSalsa™ fights HIV/AIDS Campaign which used cultural dance as a creative public health educational medium through interactive workshops and presentations. This unique approach to public health education through the cultural arts was highlighted in the internationally acclaimed documentary “The AIDS Chronicles”. Through AfriSalsa, Ms. Parris has worked to raise awareness and funds for those in need with organizations such as AID Atlanta, Taller Portobelo Norte, A Lotus Legacy Foundation, the ALAFIA Project at Emory School of Medicine and Atlanta Salsa Community Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts among others. Ms. Parris has also spread her love of cultural education through dance. As a dancer, instructor and choreographer for Atlanta based dance companies such as Giwayen Mata, Proyecto Barrio, Injabulo Leta and The Alaje Group, Ms. Parris has perfromed in many traditional dance styles including Guinean, South African, AfroCuban and AfriSalsa Fusion.
In 2011, Ms. Parris authored the first official Self Care Day Proclamation on behalf of the AfriSalsa Cultural Organization which is recognized on December 4th to promote self-care through community activism and the arts. The purpose of establishing Self Care Days is make self-care a topic of political discussions and direct funding to those experiencing depression, bullying, domestic abuse, injustices, recovery from trauma and other social ills. Currently Self Care Day is recognized in the cities of Atlanta, Savannah and Lithonia, Georgia as well as DeKalb County through the SisterCARE Alliance. Increasing interest in the Self Care Day Campaign, led to the development of the SisterCARE Alliance initiative founded by Ms Parris in 2014. SisterCARE Alliance is a women’s empowerment network that promotes self-care and social activism to its members and educates women and girls of color on critical self-care strategies. Ms. Parris’ mission to promote the revolutionary impact of self-care through programming and products also birthed the social enterprise The Self Care Agency. Through The Self Care Agency, Ms. Parris launched workshops including the Self Care Matters Intensive Program, Self Care for Work-Life Balance, interactive “AfriSalsa’s Salsa for Self Care” workshops and many more. Speaking regularly to young women groups and professional organizations, Ms. Parris has had the pleasure of partnering with institutions and businesses such as 100 Black Women of DeKalb County/ Decatur, Carol’s Daughter, the Jimmy Carter Center, New Rock Legal Society and more. In addition to providing impactful self-care based products and services, The Self Care Agency in partnership with the SisterCARE Alliance provides support services, presentations and self-care program training to battered women’s shelters, human and sex trafficking programs, youth detention centers, pregnant teen programs and the often forgotten everyday working professional. To fund this community focused effort, the Self Care Agency offers products including a nutraceutical supplement system called Kyani, Self Care Soaps and Scrubs, Self Care Instructional Manuals and Self Care Thoughts Audio Recordings. Most recently, Ms. Parris has published her first book Self Care Matters A Revolutionary Approach First Edition and partnering Playbook & Journal.
As a result of her many years of volunteering and community service, Ms. Parris was selected as a delegate to represent the City of Atlanta at the Global Peace Foundation’s Annual Conference and has also received several awards. Ms. Parris was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award of 2012 by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Community Service Award, The Soul Dance & Artist Grief Advocate Award from Project Karma, Inc. and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office Community Outreach Award of 2014. Most recently in March of 2016, Ms. Parris was honored at the Georgia State Capitol and awarded to he title of Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Georgia for her work around community affairs, self-care and cross cultural education.
It is through her passion for her community, key involvement with socially impactful organizations like the Davis Bozeman Law Firm and the prayers of her great grandparents that propel Ms. Parris forward. She is supported and loved by her family and son, Zaiire Jasiri Dean Parris.