Dr. Cannon was raised in Big Sandy, Texas, population of
less than 600. Her first formal music lesson began when she was 10 and was
transported to Jarvis Christian College, 22 miles away. Dr. Cannon received a
B.A. and M.A. majoring in Instrumental Music from San Francisco State.
Dr. Cannon taught French, band, orchestra and choral music
for several years in the Berkeley Public School System. She was awarded a sabbatical
year to pursue French pedagogy at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). She was
awarded a second fellowship to develop music curriculum at the University of
Ghana, West Africa.
She received her doctorate from Stanford University in
Administration and Policy Design. After graduation, Dr. Cannon became the Assistant
Dean of Fine Arts, Applied Arts, and Language Arts at the College of Alameda.
Dr. Cannon’s next career move was to Merritt College in
Oakland California where she was the Assistant Dean of the Library and Production
Center. She was also responsible for the college’s two outreach community
centers, Spanish Speaking and African American. Dr. Cannon retired as Dean
Emeritus, Math/Science, Merritt College.
After retirement, Dr. Cannon was an educational TV
consultant and continued to Co- Host/ and serve as Executive Producer, of the
“Oakland Is” Show, a local cable show that began in the school studios when
Dr. Cannon was at Merritt College. She was also the founding Vice-President,
African American Museum Coalition, Oakland, California. She served several
years as a Commissioner of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency
Prevention Commission, two of them where she was the chairperson.
She is the widow of Rev. Dr. Booker T. Anderson, Jr. a
minister in the United Methodist Church.