Elmer Dixon Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Dixon, Elmer, American
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, American, 1960 - 1970s
Carmichael, Stokely, Trinidadian American, 1941 - 1998
Black Panther Party, American, 1966 - 1982
Seale, Bobby, American, born 1936
Dr. Newton, Huey P., American, 1942 - 1989
Dixon, Aaron, American, born 1949
February 28, 2013
Duration: 02:32:32
The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.57.1a, 2011.174.57.1b, 2011.174.57.1c, 2011.174.57.1d, 2011.174.57.1e, 2011.174.57.1f, 2011.174.57.1g, 2011.174.57.1h, 2011.174.57.1i, 2011.174.57.1j, and 2011.174.57.1k.
Elmer Dixon discusses his childhood in Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington, where he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., and heard Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leader Stokely Carmichael speak. At 17 he met Black Panthers Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in Oakland and established, with his brother Aaron Dixon as Defense Captain, the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. Dixon discusses his work with the Panthers, the survival of several of the programs he started, including a health clinic, his work after the Panther chapter closed down in 1978, and his current position as director of an executive consulting firm specializing in diversity issues.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0057
Place collected
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
Black Power (Black Pride)
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
American West
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Social reform
U.S. History, 1961-1969
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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