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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, my friend Aaron Dixon."Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, 1966 to 1974
"My People Are Rising: A Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does a superb job of presenting life in the party from the perspective of a foot soldiera 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 1960s and during the 1970s) as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist. This is an unforgettable must read book!"Larry Gossett, chair, Metropolitan King County Council
In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Through his eyes, we see the courage of a generation that stood up to injustice, their political triumphs and tragedies, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power.
Aaron Dixon was co-founder and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has since founded various non-profits for Seattle youth and run as a Green Party candidate in the 2006 Senate race. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Judson L. Jeffries xi
Our Family Journey Begins
1 Ancestors 3
2 Our Family Journey Begins 15
3 The Search for Home 23
4 Rumblings in the South 33
5 Sticking Together 39
The Tide of the Movement
6 Slow Awakening 49
7 Stokely Comes to Town 57
8 The Tide of the Movement 60
9 The Death of Martin Luther King Jr. 71
10 The Panther Emerges 76
11 7th and Wood-April 1968 84
July 1968, Seattle
12 The Panther Comes to Seattle 103
13 Huey and the UN 115
14 July 1968, Seattle 122
15 The Unromantic Revolution 130
16 Death in Winter 137
17 The Purge 143
Cointelpro Is Unleashed
18 COINTELPRO Is Unleashed 165
19 The Chairman Is Kidnapped 170
20 The Resurrection of the Seattle Chapter-September 1969 177
21 The Murder of Fred Hamption 183
22 Day-to-Day Survival 190
23 Huey Is Set Free 197
24 Seattle: Riot 18 203
A Party Divided: The Split
25 A Party Divided: The Split 211
26 Centralization-March 1972 220
27 The Campaign-1973 231
28 The Godfather on Lake Merritt 240
29 Elaine's Rise to Power 248
30 The Other Side of the Coin 255
The End of the Line
31 The Death of Deacon 263
32 Oakland Is Ours 267
33 Huey's Return 274
34 The Richmond Incident 280
35 The End of the Line 284
36 The Last Hurrah 294
Not Forgotten 313
What People are Saying About This
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!"
“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 soldiera 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