Moving History XII – Poetry in Motion

This event took place on Feb 9, 2020

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Series - Moving History


** Introduced by a poetry reading, and followed by a Q&A with MIPoPS staff and participating institutions’ representatives **


In celebration of Black History Month, this installment of Moving History is dedicated to honoring historic local African-American leaders, artists, activists, writers and performers. Inspired by recently digitized footage of the Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith from the Independent Media Center WTO collection, poetry and spoken word performances are heavily featured.

Participating Institution archival content includes:

  • An interview with Jacob Lawrence at the Seattle Art Museum
  • Excerpts from recently digitized documentary Fear & the Muse, recounting the story of famous Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (from Scarecrow Video)
  • Oral histories with Seattle civil-rights leader Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney and former Seattle City Councilmember Sam Smith (from the Seattle Public Library)
  • Poetry performances from Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna (from Seattle Municipal Archives)
  • Oral history interview with acclaimed poet, feminist writer, and human rights activist Mitsuye Yamada (from Bainbridge Island Historical Museum)

Find out more about MIPoPS at
Watch past screenings on their YouTube Channel
Browse hundreds of videos they’ve digitized on their Internet Archive collection

Connect with MIPoPS on social media:
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Facebook & Instagram @mipopsseattle

Claudia Castro Luna reading one of her poems at the Words’ Worth Poetry Program at City Hall (2013) Item 5805, Record Series 4650-12, Seattle Municipal Archives

City Councilman Sam Smith (April 1, 1973) Item 184139, Record Series 2613-07, Seattle Municipal Archives

Visible Target: Walk and Interview with Shigeko Nishinaka Kitamoto (1984), Item ID: 2017.73.6, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

Jourdan Imani Ketih reading a poem at the Words’ Worth Poetry Program at City Hall (2013) Item 5805, Record Series 4650-12, Seattle Municipal Archives

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