Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Happy birthday to Aaron Dixon, 1st captain of a Black Panther branch outside of California (Seattle, WA)
January 2nd is the 70th birthday of the activist and Panther member, Aaron Dixon. I'm thinking the man is lucky to be alive after all the group went through. Born in Chicago, raised in Seattle, he came to activism through his parents' love of gov't involvement. At the University of Washington, he helped start the Black Student Union and the formed the Seattle chapter of SNCC with Larry Gossett.
His installation as Seattle's captain of the Panther took place after he met with the members of the Oakland branch at Bobby Sutton's funeral.
The rest is history.
Read more about Dixon at the likn above and his own memoir of his time in the Panthers: https://www.amazon.com/My-People-Are-Rising-Panther-ebook/dp/B009UXSHD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546441772&sr=1-1&keywords=My+People+Are+Rising%3A+Memoirs+Of+A+Black+Panther+Party+Captain.
The photo on the cover is the 60s version of ain't-nobody-got-time-for-dat!