was co-founder and Captain of
the Seattle chapter of the Black
Panther Party. Born in Chicago, he
grew up in Seattle's Central District. His father worked at Boeing and both parents taught Aaron and his brothers the importance of fighting for social justice. As a college student at the University of Washington, Dixon played a key role in the formation of the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Through the BSU, Dixon also helped organize protests and black student unions at local high schools.
In the spring of 1968, at the funeral of Bobby Hutton in Oakland, California, Dixon met Bobby Seale and later was appointed captain of Seattle’s Black Panther Party, the first chapter outside of Oakland. He was 19 years old.