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Oral history interview with Aaron Dixon

Repository: University of Washington. Special Collections Division

Collection Description (CRHP): Dixon was co-founder of the Black Panther Party of Seattle.

Collection Description (Extant): Tape recorded interview conducted by James W. Johnson, Afro-American History Project Coordinator, on 11 July 1970.

Dixon discusses the history and philosophy of the National Black Panther Party, founded in 1966 and the Seattle branch of the Party, founded in 1968. He outlines the Party's programs and tactics, and comments on the 1969 purge of members which harmed the Party's image. He refers briefly to several international, national, and local public figures, including Curtis Harris, who unsuccessfully campaigned for local political office in 1968. Tape concludes with a statement of Dixon's views about the Black Panther Party and the future for Blacks in the United States.

Mention made on tape of following individuals/groups: Nixon, Agnew, Mitchell; Stokeley Carmichael, Bungie Carter, Fidel Castro, Mark Clark, Eldridge Cleaver, Bill Cosby, Kim Elsung, Fred Hampton, Curtis Harris, Bobby Hutton, Lenin, Julius Lester, Karl Marx, Harriet Tubman; Black Student Union, SNCC, Revolution to Action Movement, Afro-American Police Guild (Chicago), Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Albert Williams, Mayor Wes Uhlman and police chief Gaines.

Date(s): 1970

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Manuscript Coll. No.: 1422

Extent: 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 min.) plus 1 transcript (21 pages)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: More information about Aaron Dixon is available on the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project web site at

Interviewees: Aaron Dixon

Rights (Extant): Open to all users. Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.


African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (State)
Black Panther Party
Black power
Black Student Union (University of Washington)
Carmichael, Stokely
Newton, Huey P.
Seale, Bobby, 1936-
Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)


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