Willena Cannon

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Willena Cannon

Template:TOCnestleft Willena Cannon was a member of the Communist Workers Party in 1979 who arrived on the scene after the "Greensboro Massacre" shooting and was arrested there. Involved since 1963 in the Civil Rights Movement, she has participated in the African Liberation Movement, the Blind Workers Strike, the Cafeteria Workers Strike, the K-Mart boycott and the struggle for district representation in the City Council. She currently works as community housing organizer for the Greensboro Housing Coalition.

Willena is the cornerstone to our Healthy Homes Division and has been organizing the Greater Greensboro Community for 45 years. She helps people to realize that it is possible to make their lives better. She has a national reputation among healthy home advocates for her work to eliminate substandard housing in Greensboro. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding lead paint hazards and other health risks that revolves around unsafe housing. Willena has an amazing ability to establish a rapport with people which in-turn empowers them to change their circumstances.


Gregory Plante (28) Durham, Tom Clark (28) Durham, Willena Cannon (40) Greensboro, and James Mapp (27) of Burlington, all Communist Workers Party members, were arrested after interfering with court proceedings in the aftermath of the Greensboro Massacre.[1]

"Los Angeles Remembers"

  • Dr. Martha Nathan, widow of Dr. Michael Nathan.
  • Willena Cannon, who was arrested on Nov. 3;
  • Frankie Powell, "who was 8 months pregnant when she was shot by the Klan and Nazi caravan".
  • Mary Trevor, "who wrote several songs about the Greensboro Massacre and performed 20 years earlier at the funeral march, provide musical entertainment"

Also in attendance were:

  • Mayor Judy Chu - Monterey Park, "dedicated the evening to Linda Mitchell a longtime ardent supporter of the GJF, who passed away suddenly in July, 1999. A candle-lighting ceremony evoked the memory of the lives of each of the Greensboro martyrs".
  • Prof. Jose Calderon read a poem.