Film, Video Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11.

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Title
Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11.
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.
Contributor Names
Bishop, John Melville (Videographer)
Cline, David P., 1969- (Interviewer)
Dixon, Aaron Floyd (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Seattle, Washington, May 11, 2013
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Black Panther Party
-  Civil rights movements--California
-  African American civil rights workers--California--Interviews
-  African American civil rights workers--Washington (State)--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
-  Dixon, Elmer
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Washington -- Seattle
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  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.
-  Biographical History: 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.
-  Acquisition Note: 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.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
11 video files of 11 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (148 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (70 pages)
Call Number/Physical Location
afc2010039_crhp0087_Dixon_transcript.docx
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv01.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv02.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv03.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv04.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv05.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv06.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv07.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv08.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv09.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv10.mov
afc2010039_crhp0087_mv11.mov
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact.
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Description
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.

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Chicago citation style:

Bishop, John Melville, David P Cline, and Aaron Floyd Dixon. Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11. Seattle, Washington, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0087/. (Accessed March 29, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Bishop, J. M., Cline, D. P. & Dixon, A. F. (2013) Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11. Seattle, Washington. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0087/.

MLA citation style:

Bishop, John Melville, David P Cline, and Aaron Floyd Dixon. Aaron Dixon oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-11. Seattle, Washington, 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0087/>.