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Kent State’s college campus massacre 50 years ago today –
An event that changed our country honored with virtual vigil!

Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, taken by Kent State photojournalism student John Filo, Mary Ann Vecchio can be seen screaming as she kneels by the body of a slain student.
Credit: John Filo/AP, via CNN
  • Editor’s note: I was in the last weeks of my sophomore year in high school when shots rang-out at an anti-Vietnam War protest on a college campus, killing four students at the hands of the Ohio National Guard.
  • As a prospective college student two years later, this was a watershed event for me and my family. I and so many others had to seek colleges for studies where protests were not so aggravating and threatening to administrators and state governments.
  • I will always remember yet another shocking shooting during that tumultuous time, as MLK, Jr. and RFK, Jr. had been assassinated two years prior.

Kent State University’s 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970

“On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard fired on Kent State students during an anti-war protest, killing four students and wounding nine other students. In keeping with the commitment to honor and remember those tragic events, Kent State is hosting a virtual program to mark the historic 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970,” by Kent State University. Read more

Kent State massacre in photos

“Four students were killed and nine were injured on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard fired on Kent State University students during a protest against the Vietnam War. The event sparked a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close,” by CNN. Read more

“From the 60 Minutes archives: Kent StateFrom the 60 Minutes archives: Kent State”

“An excerpt from Morley Safer’s 1977 “An American Tragedy” about the 1970 events at Kent State University — and how a future CBS photographer captured an indelible historical image,” from CBS News. Click here

“Kent State massacre: The shootings on a college campus 50 years ago changed the country”

“The shootings at the Vietnam War protest was seen “as an indication that things in the U.S. — on and off campus — were spiraling out of control,” a historian said,” by Ben Kesslen, NBC News. Read more

“Kent State to commemorate 50th anniversary of May 4 shooting with virtual event”

“It’s been 50 years since four students at Kent State were shot and killed during an anti-war protest on campus.

“To honor those who died and were injured in the May 4, 1970 shootings, the university announced they would host a virtual event that’ll include a virtual candlelight vigil and special appearances by actress Tina Fey and musicians David Crosby and Graham Nash via video.”

The online event can be watched here,” by Scripps National. Read more

Virtual Candlelight Vigil, May 4
Credit: Kent State University

Posted by Steve on May 4, 2020 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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