Keepers of the dream

Historical Documentaries 

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Seattle Women Black Panthers Project

“Panther women became indispensable not only to the Black Panther Party but to the larger civil rights movement as well...they were  “keepers of the dream.” *


The women of the Black Panther Party were instrumental to the success of  the Party's survival programs such as the health centers and school breakfasts. Yet, these women's stories have not been visible. 


Now, our mostly People of Color team has documented the stories of six women involved in the Seattle Black Panther movement. This is part of the longer film, Black Panthers in the Emerald City, http://www.seattlebppfilm.com , which is in production. 


Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers screened to a sold -out audiences.  The series was broadcast on the Seattle Channel and continues to screen on their website:   https://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x111332 

The individual stories are part of the University of Washington Black Panther History Interviews. 


Thanks in part to grants from 4 Culture. 


*Curtis Austin, “Up Against the Wall”  https://www.uapress.com/product/up-against-the-wall/  

 

Francis Dixon

Frances Dixon

Keeper of the Dream

Keeper of the Dream

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 Frances Dixon describes the effects on her of Emmett Till's murder, redlining in Seattle and her son's founding of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. 

Keeper of the Dream

Keeper of the Dream

Keeper of the Dream

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Frances Dixon's story is the story of African American struggles and victories in the North.     

Triumphs

Keeper of the Dream

Triumphs

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 In the film she describes her triumphs with fighting job discrimination, her son's imprisonments and death threats against her sons.  

VAnetta Molson-turner

Called to Oakland from Seattle

Called to Oakland from Seattle

Called to Oakland from Seattle

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Vanetta working with the BPP in Oakland to elect Bobby Seale for Mayor of Oakland and Elaine Brown to City Council in 1972, In this photo, Vanetta is working at the Lampost which was a Black Panther Party run club.

Where she lived and worked

Called to Oakland from Seattle

Called to Oakland from Seattle

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Vanetta is standing in front of a mural which is in front on the house where she lived with members of the Seattle Black Panther Party. She had to step over sandbags to get out to do her work with the free clinic and breakfast program.

Phyllis Noble Mobley

Phyllis joined the Seattle BPP at age 15

Phyllis learned that she could succeed in any endeavor.

Phyllis learned that she could succeed in any endeavor.

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Her siblings were Seattle Black Panthers. She was allowed to go to Black Panther Party events with her siblings even though she was much younger. 

Phyllis learned that she could succeed in any endeavor.

Phyllis learned that she could succeed in any endeavor.

Phyllis learned that she could succeed in any endeavor.

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She created her own hairweaving business. The first of it's kind in Seattle. 

Winona Hollins-Hauge

Winona learned from Carolyn Downs

Winona learned from Carolyn Downs

Winona learned from Carolyn Downs

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Carolyn Downs was a strong influence for Winona. Winona was active for 6 months but continued to help Carolyn collect money for the free breakfast program and the health clinic. 

Winona continues social action

Winona learned from Carolyn Downs

Winona learned from Carolyn Downs

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Winona co-hosts "The Gospel Highway" on KBCS.She brings socially conscious songs, like "Benediction" by the Paula Boggs Band to the air.

Youlanda givens

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Youlanda helped organize and direct a Seattle Black Panther Party Free Breakfast program. She collected donations, bought, cooked and served food at the breakfast program.

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Youlanda talks about changing her "look" with a black leather jacket when she joined the Seattle Black Panther Party.

Youlanda's Son, Darnel Alexander and former group 2nd Nature along with 1995 Inter Mix Records and KadGroove Music present "Lift Up Your Voice and Sing." Also featuring David Booker, Leland Allen and Jason Turner.

Screenings And Questions

Question asked at screening

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

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Youlanda Givens spoke about the Stockley Carmichael Speech at Garfiled High Shool. Here is the speech that was asked about:

 http://aavw.org/special_features/speeches_speech_carmichael01.html 

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

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See an amazing exhibit and the documentary about Vanetta Molson-Turner

 https://artgallery.seattlecentral.edu/porches-panthers-and-progress 

See the Series on the Seattle Channel

Vanetta Featured at Seattle Central College

See the Series on the Seattle Channel

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CREDITS

Series Produced and Directed by 

Patricia Boiko

Individual Documentaries

Produced and Directed by

Patricia Boiko

Tajuan LaBee

Assistant Director

Malika Lee

Edited by

Kamaria Daniel

Malika Lee

Tifa Tomb

Patricia Boiko

Cinematography

Omar Willey

Kamaria Daniels 

Production Assistant Veronique Harris

Music 

Composed and Directed by SassyBlack

Vocals and Synthesizer by SassyBlack

Saxophone by Kate Olson

Trumpet by Katie Green

Trombone by Liana Green

Acoustic Guitar by Stephanie Anne Johnson

Recording and Mixing Engineer  

Ayesha Ubayatilaka

Music Recorded and mixed at Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle, WA

Post production editing, color and graphics Jim Golingo, GolPost Inc.

Post production Audio Bad Animals, Dave Howe

“Benediction”

composed by Paula Boggs and featuring the Paula Boggs Band. ©℗ 2017 Paula Boggs Music (BMI).

https://www.paulaboggsband.net/

Location Crew

Nico Sanchez

Arianne Garden Vazquez

  

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Support

Supported in part by grants from 4 Culture

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