May 4 Commemoration speaker series

Department of Pan-African Studies

Sonia Sanchez, a recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship, is a poet, playwright, activist, and educator. Ms. Sanchez will be discussing and offering her reflections on how poetry student activism, peace, and civil rights brings change with an emphasis on the legacy of May 4. All these themes are as central and relevant today as they were 50...

Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans mayor who oversaw the removal of the city’s prominent Confederate monuments and helped his city to recover and reemerge from a series of natural disasters, will speak at Kent State as part of the university’s May 4 Speaker Series. Landrieu’s 2017 speech, delivered in...

Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans mayor who oversaw the removal of the city’s prominent Confederate monuments and helped his city to recover and reemerge from a series of natural disasters, will speak at Kent State as part of the university’s May 4 Speaker Series. Landrieu’s 2017 speech, delivered in...

On the morning of May 4, 1970, Kent State University student Howard Ruffner was hanging out in the office of the Daily Kent Stater in Taylor Hall when the phone rang. The Midwest editor from Life magazine, based in Chicago, was calling to find out if there were any student photographers who had been taking photos over the weekend. Kent State had...