2019 Education Summit Videos

The first events of the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970 took place on July 31 and August 1, 2019 during the May 4, 1970 Then & Now: Voices for Change, Educators Summit. Two keynote addresses provided a diverse perspective of the history and legacy of the events of May 4, 1970. We invite you to view videos of these two powerful and moving keynotes delivered on July 31st by Tom Grace and on August 1st by Sara Abou Rashed.

July 31 Tom Grace Keynote

The July 31 Education Summit community keynote presented by Thomas Grace, scholar and instructor of American history and one of the nine students wounded on May 4, 1970. Mr. Grace is the author of the book Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (2016). This was the first event of the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970


Aug 1 Sara Abou Rashed Keynote

Sara Abou Rashed student activist, poet, and artist presented a free community keynote as part of the Voices for Change Educators Summit on August 1, 2019. This was part of the start of the year-long observance of the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970 shootings.


Community poem, “America, My Voice for Change"

The community poem, “America, My Voice for Change,” was created at the Voices for Change Educators Summit (Summer, 2019) presented by Kent State University’s School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. Using the Wick Poetry Center’s Thread application, community voices were collected in response to keynote speaker Sara Abou Rashed’s poem, “I Am America” and scripted by the Wick Poetry Center. The next day, Sara Abou Rashed and summit participants performed the community poem at the close of the Summit.