Park Cannon is a Democratic State Representative for Georgia House District 58. At the age of 24, Cannon is one of the youngest members ever elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and is also one of just four openly LGBTQ Black officials in state legislatures nationwide.
From early on Cannon studied the civil rights movement and frequented the spots visited by Martin Luther King, Jr., with one of her earliest political memories being the sight of local residents driving around with confederate flags and KKK materials.
After graduating from high school, Cannon attended Chapman University in Los Angeles, where during her first year someone had written a racial slur on her door. After confronting students involved with the incident and filing a complaint, she returned home to Georgia.
The incident strengthened her desire for social justice and broadened her view of the world. Cannon eventually decided to go back to college and enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a double major in Hispanic Linguistics and Linguistics, and a minor in women’s and gender studies.
After graduating Cannon went on to work for the Feminist Women’s Health Center, where she promoted black women’s health, and lobbied as a health advocate.
To win her seat, Cannon ran against two men, waged an intense fight to raise money, and stood up to the ageism, sexism and homophobia she faced on the campaign trail.