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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Everything's going to be alright.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
Everything's going to be alright.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Political activist Aaron Lloyd Dixon was born on January 2, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois to Frances Sledge Dixon and Elmer James Dixon. The Dixons were leftist activists and valued the importance of fighting social injustice. Dixon moved to Seattle, Washington in 1958, when his father accepted a job as a technical illustrator for the United States Air Force. In 1961, at age eleven, Dixon walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his march to end housing discrimination in Seattle. He attended Coleman Elementary School, Blaine Junior High School and in 1963, became one of the first African American youth to integrate predominantly white Queen Anne High School.

In 1967, Dixon attended Washington University and joined the local SNCC chapter. As a member of SNCC, Dixon met the black radical Larry Gossett, and co-founded the Seattle Area Black Student Union (SABSU). As members of the SABSU, Dixon, Gossett, and Dixon’s younger brother, Elmer, promoted self determination, self-respect and self defense throughout Seattle’s black community. In 1968, after attending funeral services in Oakland, California for seventeen-year-old Bobby Hutton, a founding member of the Black Panther Party that was shot down by Oakland police, Dixon, Gossett, and others established the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. As founding member and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, Dixon helped launch the Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which fed over 10,000 children every day before school. Dixon was also instrumental in the opening of a free medical and legal clinic.

In 1970, Congress began its full scale investigation of the Black Panther Party with much of its focus on the activities of the Seattle chapter. Although the investigation would lead to the demise of the Black Panther Party’s many major city chapters, the Seattle chapter would last longer than most. Dixon moved to Oakland, the national headquarters of the Black Panther Party, in 1972. There, he served as a bodyguard for chairperson Elaine Brown. Dixon worked on the mayoral campaign of Lionel Wilson in 1978, helping him to become Oakland, California’s first African American mayor.

In 2002, Dixon founded the non-profit organization, Central House, to provide transitional housing for homeless young adults. Central House currently contains a youth leadership project that teaches youth to think positively, graduate high school and to control their destinies. In 2006, the Green Party of Washington nominated Dixon for the U.S. Senate. Following his campaign for U.S. Senate, Dixon organized the Center for Social Justice based out of the Seattle Central District. The Center for Social Justice organized an anti-war rally and march in January 2007.

Dixon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 24, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Aaron Dixon's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon describes his maternal grandmother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon describes his maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon talks about the riots in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon describes his mother's musical career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Aaron Dixon describes his paternal grandfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Aaron Dixon describes his paternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Aaron Dixon describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Aaron Dixon describes his father's experiences in the U.S. Army, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon describes his father's experiences in the U.S. Army, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon describes his father and his likeness to him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon describes his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Aaron Booker describes his father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Aaron Booker describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Aaron Booker describes the Burch Village community in Champaign, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Aaron Booker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Aaron Booker remembers his maternal great-great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Aaron Booker remembers moving to Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Aaron Booker describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Aaron Booker remembers his parents' home ownership
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Aaron Booker remembers his father's friendship with artists
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Aaron Booker recalls his father's involvement in the Communist Party
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Aaron Booker remember his parents' conversations about civil rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon talks about the representation of African Americans on television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon describes his family's musical background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon describes his early personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon remembers Queen Anne High School in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers his early mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon remembers joining the debate team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon remembers his arguments with his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon remembers the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon recalls founding a Black Student Union at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Aaron Dixon's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon recalls the Black Student Union members at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon remembers the lack of black faculty at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon describes the African American community at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon recalls occupying the president's office at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers occupying Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon recalls being charged with unlawful assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon remembers Bobby Hutton's memorial service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon recalls forming a Black Panther Party chapter in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Aaron Dixon recalls the expansion of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon describes the history of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's policy on self-defense
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon talks about police brutality in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon describes the ideology of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon describes the ages of the Black Panther Party membership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers the Mulford Act of 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon describes the discipline of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon remembers Landon Williams
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon remembers a confrontation with the police, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon remembers a confrontation with the police, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon remembers his parents' support of his activism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon recalls opening a Black Panther Party office in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon recalls the Asian members of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon remembers responding to calls for protection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon describes the black community's relationship with the police
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers protecting the black students at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon recalls the Black Panther Party's appeal to the United Nations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's relationship with SNCC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon recalls meeting the Tanzanian delegation to the United Nations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon remembers his arrest and the ensuing riots, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon remembers his arrest and the ensuing riots, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon describes the rhetoric of revolution
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon remembers the infiltration of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon remembers being protected from the police by a neighbor
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon remembers the deaths of Black Panther Party members
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers meeting Fred Hampton
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon recalls the young leadership of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon describes his trial
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon remembers the deaths of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon describes the relationship between gangs and the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Aaron Dixon remembers Huey P. Newton's leadership
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Aaron Dixon talks about Fred Hampton and Huey P. Newton
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Aaron Dixon recalls protecting himself from assassination
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Aaron Dixon remembers Fred Hampton's assassination
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Aaron Dixon remembers learning of Fred Hampton's assassination
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Aaron Dixon recalls the raid on the Black Panther Party's Los Angeles chapter
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Aaron Dixon remembers being protected by Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Aaron Dixon remembers the purge of the Black Panther Party membership
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's free breakfast program
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Aaron Dixon remembers the boycott of Safeway Inc. stores
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's community programs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's international presence
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Aaron Dixon describes the Black Panther Party's relationship to the community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Aaron Dixon talks about the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Aaron Dixon remembers the split in the Black Panther Party