Please join Black Coffee Co-op for a book event – Aaron Dixon’s “My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain”
“Powerful and poignant. Don’t miss it!” —Cornel West
Sunday, January 27th, 3pm
In an era of stark racial injustice, 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 – in a memoir that begins with the story of his enslaved ancestors and takes us on a journey throughout America – we see the courage of a generation, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power.
Sunday, January 27th, 3pm
Aaron Dixon is one of the co-founders of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has since founded Central House, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for youth, and was one of the cofounders of the Cannon House, a senior assisted-living facility. Aaron ran for US Senate on the Green Party ticket in 2006.
We will have a brief speaking portion with an excerpt from the book and discussion from the author. There will be time for questions and answers and the author will have books available for purchase as well.
Books can purchased online here:
“This book is a moving memoir experience: a must-read. The dr amatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary.”
—Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black P anther Party, 1966 to 1974
“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 twentieth century.”
—Laura Chrisman, editor in chief, the black scholar, and the Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair of English, University of Washington
“Dixon has that uncanny ability to convey to his readers the feelings that came along with the party’s triumphs and defeats. Most readers will be amazed to discover what it took to create and then sustain the Black Panther Party’s many community service programs. They will be equally shocked at how close party members were to the ever-present threat of death. Unlike previous autobiographies of BPP leaders, this one does not sugarcoat the organization’s shortcomings, nor does it glamorize its hard fought and often well-deserved victories. It does, however, provide a valuable, though painful, reminder of the high price of real change in these United States.”
—Curtis Austin, associate professor of history, The Ohio State University