This program discusses how the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, and Jackson State, where students from both institutions were shot and killed, fit within the larger societal issues of race and violence against protestors at that time. This event also explores the establishment of Black United Students at Kent State University and their ongoing legacy of activism. This event will include a viewing of part of Fire in the Heartland and an open panel presentation and discussion about these connections. Presented by Dr. Robert Hamilton, IV, Dr. Amoaba Gooden, Dr. Leslie Heaphy, Professor Idris Syed, and Dr. Chris Post.
Our current schedule of events for the year-long observance of the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970 are posted below. Be sure to check this page often and our Facebook page for updates. Please note: Events on this page are subject to change.
A contemporary metals exhibition curated in response to a Commemorative Medallion made by Philadelphia College of Art students in honor of the students who perished at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Learn More About Constructed Answer
The Kent State University Voice Division presents a May 4 commemorative performance based on the themes of War, Protest, Kent State, and Peace. Free and open to the public.
Award-winning documentary about the events of May 4, 1970, that took place on the Kent State University Campus. A film by Daniel Miller.
Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4th, and Student Protest in America is the story of a generation of students at Kent State University, who believed in the 1960s and 1970s that they were not being told the truth about racism, the violence of police and military against protestors, and the long American involvement in the Vietnam War; some paid for their questioning of authority with their lives and all were forever changed. The documentary was produced and directed by Daniel Miller, who attended Kent State from 1968 to 1970. While a student at Kent State, Miller was a musician and civil rights activist. After leaving Kent State, he moved to Oregon and completed his education, receiving his masters and doctorate degrees in telecommunications and film from the University of Oregon, where he is now a professor. He teaches, researches and writes about civil and human rights.
Award-winning documentary about the events of May 4, 1970 on the Kent Campus and the role that Kent students played in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s and 70s. Viewing open to public.
This Stark Campus presentation will detail the events leading up and surrounding May 4th as well as the reactions and responses. Time will also be spent talking about the importance and relevancy today. Presented by Dr. Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history.
The Wick Poetry Center is now accepting poetry submissions as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. The poems should resonate with the themes of peace, conflict transformation, and student advocacy. We are accepting submissions in three categories: youth, adult student, or adult non-student. Poet, songwriter, and novelist, Naomi Shihab Nye, will select one winner from each category who will receive $500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Kent State University to read their poems during the May 4 Music and Poetry Event on April 21.
The Wick Poetry Center invites people from around the world to contribute a line or stanza to a global community peace poem titled “My Voice.” As Kent State University approaches the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shootings, the themes of the poem will reflect peace, conflict transformation, and advocacy. The Wick Poetry Center will begin accepting submissions on Sept. 15, 2019.
The exhibition Culture/Counterculture looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture. These cleavages in society saw their clear expression in the fashions of the time. The exhibition draws from the rich holdings of the university’s historic costume collection, private and institutional lenders including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as archival material from the May 4 collection.
This online social media project will recreate the 1969 – 1970 school year at Kent State University through the voices of Chic Canfora, Tim Moore, Jerry Lewis, Tom Grace, and Laura Davis. Each memory, from the mundane to the profound, will help paint a more personalized picture of the issues the divided campus and the events that brought everyone together. This program is similar to print versions of “look-backs” in history. Currently, the goal is to have at least three posts a week continuing to May 2020.
This exhibition will feature posters, flyers, t-shirts and other items created by the May 4th Task Force, a student-run organization founded in 1975, to raise awareness among students, faculty, administrators and the general public about the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970.
Many people know Jeffrey Miller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that shows his body on the ground with a 14-year-old runaway screaming over him after the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of Kent State University students, killing four, including Miller, and wounding nine others on May 4, 1970. What people may not know is Miller was from Plainview, New York. According to his mom, he had a great sense of humor and liked the Mets, music, math and motorcycles. In 1970, Miller had transferred to Kent State from Michigan State University. He died at the age of 20. Guests of Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center can learn more about Miller by visiting “Our Brother Jeff,” a new exhibition at the visitors center that honors Miller’s life. The exhibition will be on display from Oct. 19, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020. Russ Miller, Jeff’s brother, helped create the exhibition by loaning some of Jeff’s personal items to the May 4 Visitors Center.
This Stark Campus exhibit on the Main Hall 3rd Floor will focus on the historical events surrounding May 4th as well as its importance and legacy. Created by Dr. Leslie Heaphy's internship class. The exhibit will run from Dec. 16, 2019 through May 16, 2020.