Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party celebrates 50 years with a brand new exhibition at NAAM.
Seattle’s chapter of the Black Panther Party was one of the longest-running in the nation. Members saw their fair share of violence, but also support and solidarity – sometimes from unlikely allies. Determination, passion, and sacrifice fueled the Panther chapters in our region to build a stronger, more resourceful black community.
Please be advised: This exhibit contains guns and imagery of guns.
In the face of continued oppression of black people across the United States in the 1960s, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense launched a movement of action, determined to bring back power and agency to black communities nationwide.
Something was brewing in America, something that had begun hundreds of years earlier when black slaves were brought to the shores of the New World. It was something unavoidable, something that could no longer be held down.
—Aaron Dixon, My People are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Captain, 2012