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Longtime community activist Elmer Dixon traces his activist beginning to Stokely Carmichael, a leader in the Black Power movement: “Stokely’s message of racial pride and unity made us realize that Black is beautiful.” The goals of the Black Power movement went beyond civil rights to human rights—by any means available. From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter, Dixon says knowing who you are and choosing your own labels is of utmost importance. Labels can hold psychological power: liberal reformer, radical activist, revolutionary, revolutionary social activist. In Dixon’s experience individuals don’t seek out labels and likewise groups tend to reject labels imposed on them. Transformation is recognizable only in hindsight—going through an evolution, you often aren’t aware that a transformation is happening.
In this webinar, Dixon will share with us his journey from Revolutionary to DEI Interculturalist, two labels that he gives himself. Experience his remarkable journey of transformation through the labels that he acquires, tries on, casts off, outgrows and continues to redefine on his own terms. In sharing his story, Dixon expands our understanding of the DEI Intercultural field.
Registration = FREE for current SIETAR USA members in good standing
Registration = $25.00 for nonmembers
About the Presenter
ELMER DIXON has been an activist for social change and in the struggle for justice since the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s reached him in his Seattle neighborhood, At that time Seattle’s Central District was a melting pot neighborhood where he and his siblings learned to judge a person by the content of their character not by the color of their skin. In 1968, inspired by Stokely Carmichael - and after meeting Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party - Dixon and his brother Aaron founded the Seattle Black Panther Party. As a Black Panther leader Dixon helped organize Police Alert Patrols to monitor and halt police abuse along with the Children’s Free Breakfast Program, Free Medical Clinics and Food Programs. Later as Director of a Girls and Boys club, he continued his work in disenfranchised communities to deliver better services. His career and activism continued as EEO Officer for Seattle Parks and in the Mayor’s Cabinet before joining Executive Diversity Services. Continuing his passion for social justice, Elmer has worked in the field of Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Inclusion for the past 35 years and now serves as President of Executive Diversity Services.
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