Film, Video Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013 May 11

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Title

  • Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013 May 11

Summary

  • Aaron Dixon describes his childhood in the Midwest and in Seattle and how he became a leader in the Black Panther Party, helping to found the Seattle chapter of the Party. Dixon describes in detail his family history and the influence of oral tradition on his racial consciousness. He discusses the role of the Black Student Union at the University of Washington and details how the murder of Little Bobby Hutton influenced him profoundly and led him to join the Black Panther Party. He describes the Party's influence in Seattle and Oakland, his role in the Party, tensions with the police, tensions among members, and how the goals of the Black Panther Party shifted over the 1960s and 1970s.

Names

  • Dixon, Aaron, 1949- interviewee
  • Cline, David P., 1969- interviewer
  • Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)

Created / Published

  • 2013.

Headings

  • -  Dixon, Aaron,--1949---Interviews
  • -  Dixon, Elmer
  • -  Black Panther Party
  • -  African American civil rights workers--California--Interviews
  • -  African American civil rights workers--Washington (State)--Interviews
  • -  Civil rights movements--California
  • -  Civil rights movements--United States
  • -  Civil rights movements--Washington (State)

Genre

  • Filmed Interviews
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Video recordings

Notes

  • -  Recorded in Seattle, Washington, on May 11, 2013.
  • -  Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
  • -  Aaron Dixon was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party in Seattle, Washington. He later worked for many non-profits, founded Central House, and ran for U.S. Senator as a Green Party candidate in Washington State.
  • -  The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
  • -  In English.
  • -  Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005

Medium

  • 11 video files of 11 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (148 min.) : digital, sound, color.
  • 1 transcript (70 pages).

Source Collection

  • Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0087

Repository

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015669186

Access Advisory

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Credit Line

Civil Rights History Project collection (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Dixon, Aaron, Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669186/.

APA citation style:

Dixon, A., Cline, D. P. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669186/.

MLA citation style:

Dixon, Aaron, Interviewee, David P Cline, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669186/>.