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Visit the May 4 Newsroom for News, Photos, Videos, Updates

Posted Apr, 1, 2010

Kent State University has launched an online newsroom to access information, event details and multimedia regarding the 40th anniversary of May 4. Available at http://may4newsroom.kent.edu, the site includes news updates, photos, videos, commemoration events and university resources related to May 4. This year marks the 40th anniversary of May 4, 1970, when a student protest against the Vietnam War and the presence of the Ohio National Guard on the Kent State campus ended in tragedy when the guard shot and killed four and wounded nine Kent State students.

2010 also marks the centennial of Kent State, having been a vital resource to Ohio throughout the university’s 100-year history. “May 4 was a defining moment, but it doesn’t define Kent State,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. The newsroom helps put into context the 100-year-old institution’s impact with news and information about today’s Kent State as well as provides resources related to May 4, 1970.

“The 1960s were a time of dramatic social and cultural changes occurring nationwide, and the generation gap was strongly felt on college campuses between those in positions of authority and students,” said Iris Harvey, vice president for university relations at Kent State. “Demonstrations at Kent State marked the climax of a decade-long national student protest movement with roots in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s.

“The best way for the university to recognize May 4 is to do something critical to our mission by educating others about it,” Harvey continued. “If we don’t apply an educational lens to it, then we’re not leaving a legacy for others to learn from and be shared with others.”

The newsroom was created as a resource, particularly for members of the media, to make it easy for those covering the 40th anniversary to gather information and develop story ideas that not only talk about what happened 40 years ago but also discusses today’s Kent State and the dramatic change the university and city have seen in the past 40 years. In addition to media, the Kent State community and general public can use this site to learn more about May 4 and read the latest news regarding the May 4 site, the new May 4 Walking Tour and the future Kent State May 4 Visitors Center.

Visitors to the May 4 newsroom can take advantage of these resources, as well as gain insight about May 4 from witnesses and experts as another element of the site. The online newsroom also features links to May 4 social media sites, including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, which are maintained by Kent State students. The social media elements provide an opportunity for visitors to the site to engage in discussion and learn about May 4 programs.

The May 4 newsroom is dedicated to bringing individuals the latest news on the 40th anniversary and providing information about today’s Kent State. Additional information and videos will be added to the newsroom leading up to the 40th anniversary, including details on the Democracy Speaker program that will feature a prominent national speaker and the dedication of the May 4 Walking Tour.

To view the site, visit http://may4newsroom.kent.edu.

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Media Contacts:
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595
Bob Burford, rburford@kent.edu, 330-672-8516