That Day at Kent State

May 4, 2010 will mark 40 years since the day four Kent State University students were killed at the hands of the Ohio National Guard, and another nine were left injured.

No matter your political views or how you remember or choose to believe what occurred in Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970, the day was extremely sad for the history of the United States. The nation was very divided over the Vietnam situation, and as our government tried to expand our presence into Cambodia, the protests became louder.

That is what was occurring on campus at Kent that day.

The following is video from President Nixon’s April 30, 1970 address, discussing the situation in Cambodia.

I found the following image which apparently appeared in The Washington Post on May 1, 1970. It was an ad taken out by “The New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam.” The image is copyright Nikolas Schiller.

The following two songs were inspired by the events of May 4, 1970. First, Neil Young’s “Ohio.” Second, “The Knife” from Genesis.

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