Katie Geneva Cannon

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Katie Geneva Cannon (born January 3, 1950) is a Christian theologian and ethicist associated with womanist theology and black theology.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Cannon spent her childhood in Kannapolis, North Carolina.[3] She received a bachelor's degree from Barber-Scotia College, a master's of divinity degree from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York.[2]

She is currently the Annie Scales Rogers Professor for Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Previously Cannon has served on the faculties of Temple University, Episcopal Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. Cannon was the first African-American woman to be ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.[2][3] From 2004 to 2008, she served as president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion.[4]

The American Academy of Religion honored Cannon with its 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.[3][5]


Her mother, Corine L. Cannon, was the first woman to work at the Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, NC. She has six brothers and sisters, and 21 nieces and nephews, including actor Nick Cannon and musicians Joshua Cannon Fleming and Cedric T. Love.


  • Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective. Lefty M. Russell, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Kwok Pui-Lan, and Katie Geneva Cannon, editors. Westminster John Knox Press, 1988. ISBN 9780664250195.
  • Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community. Continuum, 1998. ISBN 978-0826410344.
  • Teaching Preaching: Isaac Rufus Clark and Black Sacred Rhetoric. Continuum, 2007. ISBN 978-0826428974.
  • Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader. Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims, editors. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0664235376.


  1. ^ Copeland, M. Shawn (2007). "Cannon, Katie Geneva". An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies. p. 190. 
  2. ^ a b c "Katie Geneva Cannon". Union Presbyterian Seminary. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Tina Pippin (2011). "Katie Geneva Cannon to Receive Excellence in Teaching Award". Religious Studies News. American Academy of Religion. 
  4. ^ The Crisis. 111. NAACP. 2004. p. 9 https://books.google.com/books?id=nl4pAQAAIAAJ.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "AAR Award for Excellence in Teaching". 

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