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Forty Years After Founding Seattle Black Panther Chapter, Aaron Dixon Still at Forefront of Struggle for Racial Equality
Monday, April 14, 2008 :Forty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party formed one of its first chapters outside of its Oakland headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Aaron Dixon was just 19 at the time and he became the captain of the Seattle chapter for its first four years. Today, Dixon is a well-known community and civil rights activist. Dixon joins us as we broadcast from Seattle for a conversation on the struggle for racial equality then and now.
We continue with our series “1968: Forty Years Later.” It was forty years ago this month that the Black Panther Party formed the first chapter outside of its Oakland headquarters. It was founded right here in Seattle. Aaron Dixon was just 19 at the time and he became the captain of the Seattle chapter for its first four years.
Today, Aaron Dixon is a well-known community and civil rights activist here in Seattle. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King to end housing discrimination and also started a free breakfast program for school children and a free medical and legal clinic. The Seattle Black Panther Party does not exist anymore, but the free services Dixon helped start while in the party are still here today. Two years ago Dixon was the Green Party candidate from Washington for the US Senate. He ran on an anti-povery, anti-war platform that opposed the PATRIOT Act, and called for legalizing same-sex marriage and universal single-payer health care. Aaron Dixon joins me now here in Seattle.
Aaron Dixon, longtime civil rights and community activist in Seattle. He helped start the Seattle Black Panther Party 40 years ago this month.
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