Bonnie Michelle Cannon


Today’s focus is on Bonnie Michelle Cannon. Cannon has been a champion for the African American community in all of the work that she does for Suffolk County. She was the first African American woman to be elected to the Southampton Board of Trustees, and she currently sits on the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. She’s also the co-founder of Southampton African American Museum (SAAM), a facilityon the East End dedicated to promoting and preserving African American culture.

Cannon is the Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreation Center (BHCCRC), an organization devoted to providing educational programs and resources for marginalized children. They also have SAT classes, counseling, and emergency assistance for visitors and their families. CCE worked with BHCCRC last summer for a virtual panel to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week. Along with the Breastfeeding Resiliency, Engagement, and Empowerment (BFREE), the panel allowed experts to share their breastfeeding tips and stories for the community.

We thank Bonnie Michelle Cannon for all of the hard work she does in creating a community for African Americans across Long Island and providing them with the tools they need to succeed. We look forward to future collaborations with her in continuing to make Suffolk County a great place to live.

For more information on BHCCRC’s work, visit

Last updated February 8, 2022