Special Edition: May 4 Commemoration

Four students were killed and nine others wounded during a student protest of the Vietnam War. The site was formally dedicated as a National Historic Landmark on May 4, 2018.
Seventeen acres on the Kent State University campus denote the location of the historic events of May 4, 1970, where protesting students, observers and soldiers gathered on that fateful day when the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students and wounded nine others.
Legendary journalist and news anchor Dan Rather will speak at Kent State University the evening of May 4 as part of the Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series.
Few have seen the history of our world unfold like Dan Rather. The renowned journalist and former lead anchor of the CBS Evening News is coming to Kent State University to reflect on his experiences as a journalist, news anchor and multimedia producer.
Kent State University faculty, staff, students and campus visitors gather on the Kent State Commons and Blanket Hill for the annual commemoration of May 4, 1970.
Survivors remember as if it happened yesterday – the sounds, the confusion, the fear as protests and unrest escalated to a deadly level on campus. The scenario may sound similar to the events of May 4, 1970, at Kent State University, but this incident happened two years prior.
“Sandy’s Scrapbook,” a new exhibition at Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center, pays tribute to the life of Sandy Scheuer, one of four students killed by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970.
On May 4, 1970, Kent State University was placed in an international spotlight after a student protest against the Vietnam War and the presence of the Ohio National Guard on campus ended in tragedy. Each year, as part of the May 4 Commemoration, Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center presents events and opportunities to inquire, learn and reflect. 
Kent State associate professors Karen Cunningham and Idris Kabir Syed, co-instructors of the course titled May 4, 1970, and Its Aftermath, discuss the print, Lament: Four Dead at Kent, by Linda Lyke, a digital resource from the May 4 Collection.
Nearly five decades have passed since Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a gathering of protesting students on the campus of Kent State University, killing four, wounding nine and impacting generations.