The Seattle Public Library presents "Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion" as this month's local feature in the Words, Writers and Southwest Stories program series from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9.

Clarence Moriwaki will discuss Bainbridge Island’s role in Japanese American exclusion, providing a historical account of this national tragedy; he will also ask: are there parallels to what’s happening in America today?

Registration is required, sign up online at Log House Museum. Participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event. Closed captioning will be available.


Using historical images, including historical and current propaganda, Moriwaki will explore the fear, racism and failure of political leadership that led to unconstitutional actions during World War II – and address why we must not let it happen again.

Moriwaki is the president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He has written nationally-published guest editorials on the subject. Moriwaki has served as a spokesperson for administrations including the Clinton Administration, the Office of the Governor, and former Congressman Jay Inslee.


Words, Writers & Southwest Stories is a historically-based speaker series offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.