Kent State, May 4, 1970

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    You know, you see these bums, you know, blowin' up the campuses. Listen, the boys that are on the college campuses today are the luckiest people in the world, going to the greatest universities, and here they are, burnin' up the books, I mean, stormin' around about this issue, I mean, you name it - get rid of the war, there'll be another one.

    -- Richard Nixon, New York Times, May 2, 1970

    We're Still Waiting for Answers
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    Cost of the War in Iraq
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    37 Years After
    4 Students Were
    Slain, We're Still
    Asking 'Why?'


    Kent State Massacre Tape: 'Right Here, Get Set! Point! Fire!'
    Survivors of the 1970 massacre at Kent State are calling on officials to reinvestigate what happened on May 4 1970 when the National Guard shot four students dead at an anti-war rally. On May 1, 2007, one of the survivors Alan Canfora released an audio tape from the day of the shootings. Canfora said by closely listening you can hear a National Guard officer issue the command "Right Here, Get Set! Point! Fire!" Following the command, the sounds of shots being fired can be heard. The FBI has never determined whether an order to shoot was given. Eight members of the National Guard were acquitted of federal civil rights charges four years after the shootings. Canfora said the reel-to-reel audio recording was made by a student on campus. [Click HERE for details and AUDIO]

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    See interviews from the film, "13 Seconds: The Day the War Came Home." An Emmy Award-winning documentary.
  • Guardsman and students remember the sequence of events that led to the shootings.
  • One of the shootings is described by a former Kent State student and the guardsman involved.

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    FBI REPORT: 1146 Pages

    Oral History of May 4, 1970

    May 4 Collection KSU Libraries and Media Services Department of Special Collections and Archives

    America Kills Its Children

    What Really Happened at Kent State?

    Kent State Forever Linked With Vietnam War Era

    What The Nation Learned at Kent State In 1970

    TIME: At War With War

    MAYDAY: Kent State The Movie

    Vietnam War Links: College Protests

    of the manipulated Mary Ann Vecchio photo has been solved. Click HERE.

    retells the story of May 4 in his syndicated comic strip "Crankshaft." Click HERE.

    The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy
    by Jerry M. Lewis and Thomas R. Hensley

    My Son Died at Kent State
    by Elaine Holstein

    This Is Not What It Sounds Like On TV
    by Carol Mirman

    The Shooting at Kent State
    by Tom Grace

    Kent State Seen Through Peggy Wade's Eyes
    by Christine Gillette

    The Real Heroes Were Soldiers Who Organized Against The War
    by Mike Alewitz

    The '60s May Be History, But Student Activism Lives On
    by Stephanie Brenowitz

    Remembering Kent State
    by Bill Walsh

    Photographer John Filo recalls Day Protest turned to Tragedy
    by Jean Patman

    Of Loss and Learning: Haunting Reminders of Kent State Deaths

    by Staff of the Akron Beacon Journal

    Alan Canfora speech text, Kent State, May 4, 2004
    by Alan Canfora

    Kent State Shootings Shocked Viet Vet
    by Larry L. Rose

    "Peace-Loving" Protesters: Kent State Revisited
    by Steve Farrell

    "Good American" Revisionism
    by David Kirby

    "I Felt Shocked and a Little cared"
    by John and Joan Enos

    May 4, 1970: Four Children Dead
    An interview with Thomas Slomba by K. Smith

    Four Dead in Ohio: The Kent State Massacre
    An interview with Mile Alewitz by Tim Vance

    "Now Is the Time of the Furnaces, and Only Light Should Be Seen"
    by Kent Students for a Democratic Society

    It Couldn t Go On Like This
    by Jim Vacarella

    Students From Then and Now Pass On Painful Lessons of Kent State
    by Frances X. Clines

    Survivors Mark Kent State Shootings
    by Amy Beth Graves

    Proof to Save the Guardsmen
    by Alan Stang

    Military Men Never Lie?
    by Justin Stine

    Memorial Situation Saddening
    by Justin Stine

    Peaceful Rally Ends Fatally
    by Justin Stine

    Kent State's Commemorations Not Relevant to May 4
    by William A. Gordon

    Prentice Parking Lot Markers a Long Time Coming
    by Justin Stine

    Guardsmen May Have Lied About Reasons for Shooting
    by Justin Stine

    'Flowers Are Better Than Bullets'
    by Justin Stine

    Student Killed on Parents' Anniversary
    by Justin Stine

    Remembering the Life of a Victim
    by Justin Stine

    Shots Took Life of All-American Student
    by Justin Stine

    Your Campus in 1970
    by Justin Stine

    Students Must Realize May 4 Importance
    by Justin Stine

    Who Spoke Up?
    by Nancy Zaroulis and Gerald Sullivan

    The Politics of Public Memory at Kent State, 1970-2001
    by Jutta Weldes and Mark Laffey

    Socialist view: The spark that set it off
    by Sherry Wolf and Mike Alewitz

    Conservative view: Who REALLY Was Responsible for the Shootings?
    by Barclay D. McMillen and William Armstrong

    Commentary, Memories, eyewitness accounts of May 4, 1970
  • Ralph Solonitz: Meet you at the Victory Bell.
  • WKSU-FM: "Remembering Kent State, 1970" documentary.
  • Larry L. Rose: Kent State shootings shocked Viet vet.
  • Richard Zitrin: 30 Years Later, the Pain of Kent State Remains.
  • Alan King: Four dead in Ohio: Memories of Kent State.
  • CNN: Remembering Kent State. (Includes Audio and Video)
  • Digital Journalist: Bitter Passage: Kent State and the Fall of Saigon.
  • Howard Ruffner: Eyewitness: Photos and RealAudio.
  • Marianne Fulton: Observances. (Includes photos and links)
  • Oral Histories: Three Eyewitnesses With RealAudio.
  • Chron. of Higher Educ.: Student Journalists of 1970 Return to Kent State 30 Years After.
  • Columbus Dispatch: Kent State photos freeze tragedy in time.
    :: List Continually Updated

    Audio Reports
  • 30th anniversary of Kent State killings -- Pacifica Radio - May 04, 2000, 10:11 PM
  • Kent State remembered -- All Things Considered/NPR - May 04, 2000, 10:21 PM
  • Remembering Kent State After 30 Years -- NPR. - May 04, 2000, 1:13 PM :: List Continually Updated

    Also of Interest:
    What Kent State's Memorial Lacks
    By William A. Gordon


    Books about
    KSU, or by
    May 4 authors

    "13 Seconds"
    [includes DVD]

    "The Kent State Tragedy"

    "I Was There"

    "Killings at Kent State"

    "13 seconds: Confrontation at Kent State"

    "Kent State and May 4th: A Social Science Perspective"

    cover "Hippies"

    "Four Dead
    in Ohio"

    "The Kent State Coverup"

    "From Camelot to Kent State : The Sixties..."

    "Kent State/May 4"

    "The Kent State Incident: Impact of..."


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  • Truth About Kent State
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    Images of War
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    May 4 Photos

    Paul Tople's May 4 Portfolio

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  • Alan Canfora's May 4 site
  • Kent May 4 Center
  • Prof. J. Gregory Payne's
  • CyBURR 1990
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  • CyBURR 2000
  • Iowa State e-Library Archive
  • May 4 on TV (2000)
  • May4.Net
  • May 4 30-Years Later
  • May 4 Library Archives
  • Mike & Kendra's May 4 site
  • Kent May 4 Center
  • May 4th Task Force
  • Kent State Anti-War Committee

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  • "Vietnam: An Elusive Peace"

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  • WKSU-FM, the Kent State University broadcast service featuring NPR News and classical music, ranked as the number 15 Internet Broadcaster with 72,501 hours of Total Time Spent Listening (TTSL) for the week of January 12, 2004 according to Arbitron Internet Broadcast Ratings. Click here for Corey Deitz on Radio.

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    The Gray Lady undressed
  • Who owns the title of "The Guy Who Exposed Jayson Blair?" In this corner is Howard Kurtz, noted media critic for the Washington Post. In the other is Mike Gardner, not-so-noted cub reporter for the Daily Kent Stater. "For the record, Mr. Kurtz did not break the Jayson Blair story; Mike Gardner of the Daily Kent Stater did."
    Cleveland Scene 9/07/03

    Jeff Fruit, who heads the journalism and mass media program at Kent State University, stands at the entrance of Franklin Hall, the future home of the program. [Ed Suba Jr. / Akron Beacon Journal] Media majors will get new home
  • Kent State to renovate venerable Franklin Hall. Officials hope School of Journalism and Mass Communication can move to North Campus, university's oldest section, by 2007. [MORE]
    Akron beacon Journal 6/9/05
  • The 80-year-old Franklin Hall will get an approximately $21.5 million face-lift. [MORE]
    Summer Stater 6/15/05

    Renovations to begin in Franklin Hall as JMC prepares for relocation

  • Earlier: The reconstruction of Franklin Hall is under way. Faculty and architects are in the planning stages of the project that will create a new building for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
    Daily Kent Stater 9/24/03

    Franklin Hall renovations create JMC's future home
  • Earlier: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will have a little more leg room in the future. Regardless of how much money the state gives, the school is moving forward with the Franklin Hall renovations, which will be complete no later than Fall 2007.
    Daily Kent Stater 11/18/04

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    2006 Commemoration Headlines

    May 5, 2006

    Mary Ann Vecchio

    VECCHIO RETURNS: May 4 Task Force staff advisor Karen Cunningham (left) hugs Mary Ann Vecchio after she spoke at the May 4th commemoration Thursday, May 4, 2006 in Kent, Ohio. Vecchio was the young woman in the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by John Filo. [KAREN SCHIELY | AKRON BEACON JOURNAL].

  • Mary Ann Vecchio to students: Take action [Akron Beacon Journal]

  • AUDIO: Mary Ann Vecchio Attends May 4 Remembrance [WKSU Radio]

  • Vecchio returns for May 4 event Protest follows KSU service [Record Courier]

     2700 markers

    LILACS: Kent State University student Stephanie Wright, 19, places lilacs on the marker of her friend Army Reservist Pfc. Devin J. Grella, 21, of Medina who was killed in Iraq Sept. 6, 2004. Grella's was one of 2700 markers placed on the commons of Kent State University by the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition honoring soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The markers were part of the 36th Commemoration of the May 4th shootings on Thursday, May 4, 2006 in Kent, Ohio. [KAREN SCHIELY | AKRON BEACON JOURNAL].

  • Students protest KSU expulsion for assault arrest [Akron Beacon Journal]

  • Opinion: Still in shock over Kent-1970 [Cleveland Jewish News]

  • Plea for peace, demand for justice at Kent State [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

    May 4, 2006

  • Photo slideshow... click here [Daily Kent Stater]

    Carol Meyer

    TEARS: Florida resident Carol Meyer cries to himself during the 12-hour silent protest held at the May 4th victims memorials. [ALLIEY BENDER | DAILY KENT STATER].

  • 'It's important we never forget this'
    Friends, community remember the four lives lost on May 4, 1970
    On her way home from school, Ellen Spriestersbach used to pass a military tank guarding the intersection of Graham Road and Route 91. A senior at Stow High School in May 1970, Spriestersbach hasn't forgotten the events of May 4. She won't let herself forget....more

    [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Remembering the Kent State Shootings that Galvanized a Generation []

  • Peace march in downtown Kent [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Peace memorial bears names of fallen soldiers [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Candlelight vigil honors four slain students [Daily Kent Stater]

    Arlington Midwest Memorial

    FALLEN SOLDIERS: The Commons at Kent State University is filled with more than 2,400 symbolic tombstones in commemoration of the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The North West Ohio Peace Coalition erected the Arlington Midwest Memorial, representing 2,406 soldiers who have died in Iraq, 285 soldiers who died in Afghanistan and 81 soldiers who have committed suicide. [RECORD COURIER]

  • Commentary: Why Kent State is important today [Boston Globe]

  • Opinion: How Kent State could happen again []

  • Column: Kent State and a terrible war []

  • This Week in History -- Kent State Shootings Remembered []

  • Professor recalls deadly events at Kent State 36 years ago [Villages Daily Sun]

    Candlelight walk

    IN MEMORY: President Carol Cartwright leads those walking in remembrance of May 4 down the sidewalk on East Main Street. [MICHELE ROEHRIG | DAILY KENT STATER]

  • Candlelight March Circles Campus [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Memorial inadequate for May 4 events, author says [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Panel discusses May 4's impact on politics [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Editorial: The long lost spirit of 1970 [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Opinion: May 4 is still relevant [Daily Kent Stater]

    May 3, 2006

    The Kent State Conspiracies: What Really Happened On May 4, 1970?

    Terry Norman The gunfire has just ended, almost as abruptly as it began. Student Harold Reid maneuvers his way up Blanket Hill among some of the casualties, perhaps a couple hundred feet from the National Guardsmen. That's when he notices a young man pointing a handgun in the direction of another man who is lying on the ground. The armed man obviously is not a member of the National Guard; he's wearing a light sports jacket and tan trousers, and a camera and a gas mask hang around his neck. When the man sees Reid, he begins to run.

    "Stop that man, he has a weapon!" shouts Reid, chasing after him.

    That man Terrence Brookes Norman (photo, above right) has never stopped running. ...more
    [Cleveland Free Times]

  • Students are not as involved today as in 1970, speaker says [Daily Kent Stater]

  • Peace activists heading to Kent State [Toledo Blade]

  • KSU to mark anniversary of student shootings [Plain Dealer]

    May 2, 2006

    Paul Rusesabagina

    HERO: Paul Rusesabagina speaks about his experience during the Rwanda genocide last night in the Auditorium.

  • Hero of Rwanda Gets Standing Ovation The entire audience gave a standing ovation to greet the hero who saved more than 1,000 lives during the genocide in Rwanda. The University Auditorium was filled last night with faculty, students and community members to listen to Paul Rusesabagina speak about his experience in Rwanda....more [Daily Kent Stater]