Dixon was born in Chicago and moved
to Seattle at age 7 when his father
took a job at Boeing. Dixon grew
up in Seattle’s Central District, attending
Garfield High School.
While at Garfield High, Dixon helped organize the school’s Black Student Union in 1968. That same year, with his older brother Aaron Dixon, he co-founded the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He served the chapter as its Field Marshall as well as the Breakfast Program Coordinator.