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Seattle Black Panther founder shares Seattle racial history

Aaron Dixon
Aaron Dixon speaks to a packed room.

There was standing room only Oct. 8 as civil rights pioneer Aaron Dixon shared about the inception history and dissolution of the Seattle Black Panther Party. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Life, the Teaching and Learning Center and the English, Social Science and Humanities divisions, the lecture left listeners a better understanding of how the party shaped regional race relations from its founding in 1968 to dissolution in 1980.

"The Black Panther Party motto was "All Power to the People" - we are one, we are all human beings and the party existed to create a better world for all," Dixon said in his presentation.

Dixon emphasized the positive community influence of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party from food banks, free medical clinics to hot meal programs.

"The Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party formed a wedge between the community and anyone who wanted to do them harm," Dixon said.

Green River students, Mata'ava Mulivai and Nat Fualau opened with a Samoan musical ceremony and presentation to honor Dixon. The song spoke of culture and faith, seamlessly setting the stage for Dixon to share about a significant segment in our country's history.

Dixon received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of his talk. The forum was followed by a reception and opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of his recent book, My People Are Rising.