The University of Washington now features the oral histories of these Seattle Women Black Panthers on their Seattle Civil Rights website and their facebook site.
2/8/20 2nd hour at 59:49
7:54 Seattle Women Black Panthers
“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/
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.
Frances Dixon's story is the story of African American struggles and victories in the North.
In the film she describes her triumphs with fighting job discrimination, her son's imprisonments and death threats against her sons.
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.
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.
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.
She created her own hairweaving business. The first of it's kind in Seattle.
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 co-hosts "The Gospel Highway" on KBCS.She brings socially conscious songs, like "Benediction" by the Paula Boggs Band to the air.
Youlanda Givens spoke about the Stockley Carmichael Speech at Garfiled High Shool. Here is the speech that was asked about:
See an amazing exhibit and the documentary about Vanetta Molson-Turner
Series Produced and Directed by
Produced and Directed by
Production Assistant Veronique Harris
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
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
composed by Paula Boggs and featuring the Paula Boggs Band. ©℗ 2017 Paula Boggs Music (BMI).
Arianne Garden Vazquez
Supported in part by grants from 4 Culture
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