Virtual Moving History I – Poetry in Motion [Online]

This event took place on Mar 29, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

Please pay what you can; proceeds support our move to a virtual platform!

Showtime listed is Pacific Standard Time.

Series - Moving History


Last month, in celebration of Black History Month, Moving History was 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)

View the night’s full program here!

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

About [Virtual] Moving History

Sundays, 4:30–5:30pm

MIPoPS is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.

In order to adhere to social distancing best practices, MIPoPS is proud to partner with the Northwest Film Forum to bring you a weekly series of archival videotape documenting a diverse history in Seattle. Featuring a variety of material and topics, this series will curate a set of clips each Sunday to provide comic relief, historically relevant medical and public health documentation, performance recordings, and much more.

MIPoPS hopes this series will educate and entertain viewers during this time of uncertainty and isolation.



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

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1515 12th Ave,

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