In the 60s Bruce Dixon was a student activist and a rank and file member of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. In the 70s and 80s he was a community organizer in some of the poorest neighborhoods in urban America, working on issues of housing and publication. In the 80s and 90s he was a volunteer, staffer and consultant to dozens of community groups and political campaigns, and local government in Chicago.
At the end of 2000 Dixon moved to Marietta GA, where he worked for several years as a private sector IT professional. In 2002 he began writing for Black Commentator, and in 2006 co-founded Black Agenda Report with Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley. Dixon is currently a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party and one of the principals of Campaign Foundations, a company that does strategic communications, web hosting, telephony and custom development.