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

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

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by Aaron Dixon
     
 

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In an era of stark racial injustice, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to revolution, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. In My People Are Rising, he traces the course of his own radicalization, and that of a generation. Through his eyes, we witness the courage and commitment of the young men and women who rose up in…  See more details below

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In an era of stark racial injustice, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to revolution, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. In My People Are Rising, he traces the course of his own radicalization, and that of a generation. Through his eyes, we witness the courage and commitment of the young men and women who rose up in rebellion, risking their lives in the name of freedom. My People are Rising is an unforgettable tale of their triumphs and tragedies, and the enduring legacy of Black Power.

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Publishers Weekly
The cofounder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party shares his personal journey through 10 years of the party’s rise and fall, tracing the Black Power movement from 1968 through the late ’70s. At age 18, inspired by Stokely Carmichael and Bobby Seale, distressed over the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., and rebellious, Dixon was swept enthusiastically into a leadership role in the party that fed his passion for political education and helping the black community, while allowing him to participate in stockpiling weapons and fighting against both local white police “pigs” and a U.S. government that saw the militarized Panthers as a serious threat. Dixon paints an intense picture of the party’s next decade, from youth recruitment, through the purge of members involved in criminal activities, and finally to the split between those who wanted to work within the political system and those who felt it was time for a violent revolution. Dixon’s deeply personal writing humanizes the movement: his pride in the success of social programs like free breakfast for school children coexists with his disillusionment and disappointment as top members are lost to incarceration, murder, and especially to internal disagreements and corruption, threatening both the survival of the organization and Dixon’s personal ideals. Photos. (July)
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“This book is a moving memoir experience: a must read. The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary."
—Bobby Seale, founding Chairman and National Organizer of the Black Panther Party: 1966 to 1974

"Aaron Dixon is a courageous, compassionate, and wise freedom fighter whose story of his pioneering work in the Black Panther Party is powerful and poignant. Don't miss it!"
–Cornel West

“Dixon’s lyrical prose provides a candid appraisal of the Black Panther Party that highlights the neglected contributions of Northwest activists. This is a striking blend of social history, memoir and political analysis. Required reading for all those interested in black liberation struggles, and radical history of the 20th century.” —Laura Chrisman, editor-in-chief, The Black Scholar

"My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captainr is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does an absolutely superb job of presenting life in the Party from the perspective of a foot soldier—a warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and Black Power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times (late 1960’s and during the 1970’s) as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes, shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California.
This is an unforgettable must read book!"

—Larry Gossett, ChairMetropolitan King County Council

There have been many books about the Black Panther party but never has there been a Panther book as illuminating as this memoir by Aaron Dixon. It's the story from a different perspective than we've ever seen: the former member who has remained a long-distance runner for revolution. It's indispensable for anyone with an interest in black politics or the politics of change in the United States.

–Dave Zirin, The Nation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608461783
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
683,696
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
This book is a moving memoir experience: a must read. The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary."
—Bobby Seale, founding Chairman and National Organizer of the Black Panther Party: 1966 to 1974

"Aaron Dixon is a courageous, compassionate, and wise freedom fighter whose story of his pioneering work in the Black Panther Party is powerful and poignant. Don't miss it!"
–Cornel West

“Dixon’s lyrical prose provides a candid appraisal of the Black Panther Party that highlights the neglected contributions of Northwest activists. This is a striking blend of social history, memoir and political analysis. Required reading for all those interested in black liberation struggles, and radical history of the 20th century.” —Laura Chrisman, editor-in-chief, The Black Scholar

"My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captainr is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does an absolutely superb job of presenting life in the Party from the perspective of a foot soldier—a warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and Black Power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times (late 1960’s and during the 1970’s) as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes, shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California.
This is an unforgettable must read book!"

—Larry Gossett, ChairMetropolitan King County Council

There have been many books about the Black Panther party but never has there been a Panther book as illuminating as this memoir by Aaron Dixon. It's the story from a different perspective than we've ever seen: the former member who has remained a long-distance runner for revolution. It's indispensable for anyone with an interest in black politics or the politics of change in the United States.

–Dave Zirin, The Nation

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Meet the Author


Aaron Dixon: Aaron Dixon was co-founder and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has remained engaged in politics since, founding various non-profits for Seattle youth and running as a Green Party candidate in the 2006 Senate race. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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