Aaron Dixon Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Dixon, Aaron, American, born 1949
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
Black Panther Party, American, 1966 - 1982
Black Student Union at the University of Washington, American, founded 1968
University of Washington, American, founded 1861
Hutton, Robert James, American, 1950 - 1968
Duration: 02:27:31
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Place collected
Seattle, King County, Washington, United States, North and Central America
May 11, 2013
The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.87.1a, 2011.174.87.1b, 2011.174.87.1c, 2011.174.87.1d, 2011.174.87.1e, 2011.174.87.1f, 2011.174.87.1g, 2011.174.87.1h, 2011.174.87.1i, 2011.174.87.1j, and 2011.174.87.1k.
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. He helped 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 during 1960s and 1970s.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0087
American West
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Race relations
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
United States--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
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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