Reflection Prompts

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Prompt #1 Remember and Honor

On May 4, 1970, Jeff Miller, Allison Krause, Bill Schroeder, and Sandy Scheuer lost their lives and nine other Kent State University students were injured. Please suggest how we, the Kent State University community, can honor and commemorate these students?

Prompt #2 Impact

The events of nearly 50 years ago on May 4, 1970, have left a lasting impact on the campus of the Kent State University and the history of the nation and the world. The loss of four Kent State students and the wounding of nine others is the most significant impact. Below are some others. Reflect on one or more impact(s) of the May 4, 1970 events and share how we can use the lessons from the past to influence the future of this institution, the nation, or the world.

  • Encouraged the ratification of the 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18
  • Demonstrated that young people can make a difference
  • Reminds us of the importance of protecting the five freedoms of the First Amendment
  • Shows us the need to communicate effectively and respect differences
  • Spurred the largest national student strike in U.S. history
  • Changed Americans’ consciousness about war
  • Encouraged Congress to end the draft, leading to the all-volunteer armed forces still in place today.

Prompt #3 Inspire

May 4, 2020, will mark the 50th year since four students were shot and killed and nine other Kent State University students were wounded on our campus. Reflect on the context and legacy of the May 4, 1970 events that you have learned from the readings and other resources. As a new Kent State student, how does the legacy of these events inspire you to “be the change you wish to see in this world”?

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