[Uwhistory] Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory Project
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Tue May 16 13:33:54 PDT 2006
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Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 09:57:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: James Gregory <gregoryj at u.washington.edu>
To: John Findlay <jfindlay at u.washington.edu>
Cc: Lori Anthony <anthonyl at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory Project
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Join us Saturday, May 20, 3:00-5:00pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
for the unveiling of the
SEATTLE BLACK PANTHER PARTY HISTORY AND MEMORY PROJECT
Celebrate and learn about this new online history project with:
Aaron Dixon, Elmer Dixon, Garry Owens, and other members of the BPP Legacy
Committee and UW students, faculty, and staff from the Seattle Civil Rights and
Labor History Project.
The SEATTLE BLACK PANTHER PARTY HISTORY AND MEMORY PROJECT is a multimedia
educational website that captures the history of the Black Panther Party. Part
of the University of Washington's SEATTLE CIVIL RIGHTS AND LABOR HISTORY
PROJECT, the unit has been developed in cooperation with the Black Panther
Party Legacy Committee. The website includes riveting video interviews,
photographs, documents, hundreds of newspaper articles about the BPP, and
transcripts of the 1970 Congressional investigation.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is located at 104 17th Ave.S. between
Yesler and Washington.
for more information: civilr at u.washington.edu
James Gregory, Director, Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project
Trevor Griffey, Project Coordinator
Janet Jones, BPP Unit Coordinator
from the SEATTLE BLACK PANTHER PARTY HISTORY AND MEMORY PROJECT:
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense established its Seattle chapter in the
spring of 1968. It was one of the first to be created outside of California.
The Seattle chapter also lasted longer than most, surviving until 1978.
Although the membership was never large, the organization made a major impact
on the region. With their trade mark black berets and leather jackets and their
commitment to armed self defense, the Panthers became role models to some;
scared others. Either way, the organization showed Seattle that struggles for
racial justice had moved beyond persuasion and nonviolent protest.
This page introduces the Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory
Project. The unit comprises the most extensive online collection of materials
for any chapter of the Black Panther Party, including the Oakland chapter. The
links above and below lead to more than a dozen oral histories, scores of
photographs, rare documents, and BPP publications, more than 100 newspaper
articles, and the complete transcript and exhibits from the 1970 Congressional
Hearings into the activities of the chapter.
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Janet Jones is the coordinator of this special section and conducted all of the
interviews. Alexander Morrow and Nathan Roberts served as Associate Editors. We
wish to thank members of the BPP Legacy Committee for sharing stories,
photographs, and documents. Thanks also to the Seattle Times, Seattle Post
Intelligencer, Seattle Medium, University of Washington Daily, and Afro
American Journal, and Seattle Magazine for the articles and photographs that
appear on the News Coverage page.
Video Oral Histories: short biographies and streaming video excerpts of
interviews with BPP veterans Aaron Dixon, Elmer Dixon, Michael Dixon, Mark
Cook, Jake Fiddler, Leon Hobbs, Ron Johnson, Michael Murray, Garry Owens, Mike
Tagawa, Bobby White, Shamseddin Williams, Kenyatto Amen-Allah. Plus related
interviews with Larry Gossett and Wes Uhlman.
Photographs: from the Washington State Archives; Eugene Tagawa collection;
Aaron Dixon collection; Fred Lonidier collection; Museum of History and
News Coverage: with the cooperation of Seattle area newspapers we have
digitized more than 100 newspaper articles that appeared between 1968 and 1979
making it possible to follow the news coverage that surrounded the BPP.
Congressional Hearings: In 1970 Congress launched a full-scale investigation of
the Black Panther Party. One set of hearings focused on the Seattle chapter.
Here you can read the testimony and view the exhibits collected by
Congressional investigators. Included are photographs of alleged members and
buildings that served as Party offices or breakfast program centers, testimony
by a secret undercover witness.
History: This three part essay by Kurt Schaefer explores the first three years
of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party from its founding by Black
Student Union members in 1968 through the 1970 crisis negotiated by Mayor Wes
Documents: the four issues of the Seattle Party Bulletin and many leaflets and
other printed material.
Links: Additional information including bibliographic resources and online
links to information about the Seattle chapter, other chapters, and the Black
Panther Party headquarters
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