Seattle-based author Pat Thomas will be giving another audio/visual presentation of his book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 on Fri. April 20 to benefit Life Enrichment Bookstore, where the event will occur (5023 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-1700, 6 pm-9 pm). Life Enrichment is Seattle's sole black-owned bookseller. Guests include Aaron Dixon, founder of Seattle's Black Panther Party, and Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of the Tacoma campus of Evergreen State College and former teacher to Jimi Hendrix.

More info after the cut.

special guest:
1960’s-era founder of the Seattle Black Panther Party: Aaron Dixon (currently the director of Central House, a non-profit that provides housing for homeless youth). His lecture will capture first-hand knowledge of the legendary Black Panthers (he was the Captain of the Seattle Chapter – the first one to start up after the founding of the Oakland chapter with Huey Newton and Bobby Seale) as well as Seattle’s contemporary African-American landscape.

Also appearing that night, is Dr. Maxine Mimms, founder of the Tacoma campus of Evergreen State College, which has provided the Black community of Tacoma, the opportunity of the Evergreen college experience. In the early 1960’s, when she taught in Seattle, one of her students was Jimi Hendrix.

Life Enrichment Bookstore is more than a book store. LEMS is a cultural pillar in the south Seattle. It has been in business for more than 17 years and has provided healing, history, support, and transformation through educational workshops, book clubs, and celebrations. The owner, Vickie Williams is our compassionate host and devoted community advocate. LEMS provides inspiring support for a community impacted by difficult and changing times.

The Friends of Life Enrichment Bookstore are raising funds to assist in keeping the book store open and thriving as a business and gathering place for village building activities. Our goal is to raise funds to assist with operating capital for Life Enrichment Bookstore (LEMS).