May 4 Voices


The 67 shots that rang out at Kent State amid a May 4, 1970 Vietnam War protest, killing four students and wounding nine, reverberate nearly 50 years later. Many historians see the shootings as the moment America turned, finally and forcefully, against the war.

The actions of the Ohio National Guard made Kent State the custodian of painful history. With the passage of time, however, the university asks itself: what might the wound of May 4 help us to accomplish?

Former Kent State President Beverly J. Warren said, “The task we have set for ourselves is to not only remember, but reflect and renew. We must lift our collective voices to effect positive change.”


Stories from Survivors

Read about some of the people who survived the shootings on May 4, 1970 and learn more about thoughts about that day nearly 50 years later.

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren was among the featured lecturers during the Chautauqua Institution’s weeklong investigation of “The Forgotten: History and Memory in the 21st Century,” which runs through Aug. 18.

Former President Warren Speaks at Chautauqua

Former President Beverly J. Warren delivered her moving speech, “Kent State Beyond The Shootings: Journey of The Wounded Healer” at the prestigious Chautauqua Summer Institute on August 15, 2018.