The Board of Trustees and staff of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. (SDPC) sends its love to the family and friends of the beloved Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon. We especially enfold her brother, long-time SDPC supporter, Rev. Dr. Jerry Cannon in our prayers at this difficult time.
Dr. Cannon crossed over to the company of ancestors this week after a brief illness.
Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the SDPC, said that the loss of Dr. Cannon is a tremendous one to the world. “She was a trailblazer and a clarion voice for us all,” she said. “Her work was exemplary and a source of inspiration for everyone, but especially for African American women, many of whom followed in her footsteps.”
Dr. Cannon received the SDPC’s “Beautiful Are Their Feet” award earlier this year. This award is given to men and women who have contributed significantly to the work of social justice.
Dr. Cannon (seated far right) with 2018 BATF honorees and SDPC Board of Trustees
Dr. Cannon with past BAFT honorees, l-r Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk, Rev. Dr. John Kinney and Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak
Rev. Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes, Dr. Cannon, Liz Alexander
“I am grateful that she was able to see how much she was loved and appreciated,” said Dr. Carruthers. “We already miss her voice, her presence and her spirit.”
Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon during SDPC 2008 Legislative Days, Washington, DC
Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon SDPC Beautiful Are Their Feet Honoree Dinner 2018
Funeral services for Dr. Cannon will be held Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Bethpage United Presbyterian Church, 8701 Mooresville Road, Concord, NC 28027. Visitation will be at 12:00 p.m., funeral following at 1:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227.