Jan 11 2013

My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain

A new book by former Seattle Black Panther Aaron Dixon tells the unique story of his years as a Captain in the Black Panther Party’s Seattle chapter. Dixon was only 19 years old when he founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. His beautifully written memoir captures what life was like for a young black man growing up in the revolutionary era of the late 1960s.

Starting with his own family which was borne of the slave history of the South, we accompany Dixon in his memoir as he matures from a shy young boy to a powerful community leader and revolutionary. Inspired by the work of Bobby Seale and Stokely Carmichael, Aaron Dixon takes us on a journey that in many ways captures the essence of one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale has called Dixon’s book “a must-read; The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary.”

On Friday January 11, 2013, Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Aaron Dixon about his book. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview.

Watch a video of his interview here:

Aaron Dixon will be speaking on Friday January 11, 2013 at Esowon Books at 7 pm, 4327 Degnan Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90008

Bipasha Shom recorded this interview.

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