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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2

Kent Wired

Presidential historian Jon Meacham presents his keynote speech on May 4, 2022.

Pulitzer prize winner gives May 4 keynote speech

Emma MacNiven, Reporter May 6, 2022

An attentive audience burst with laughter at “An Evening with Jon Meacham” Thursday night. Meacham, the keynote speaker for the Presidential Speaker Series, gave his insight on today’s political...

Swaths of people attend Kent States May 4 Commemoration in the memory of those who were lost.

Kent State community gathers for 52nd anniversary of May 4 shootings

Kaitlyn Finchler and Zaria Johnson May 4, 2022

Thomas Grace, a survivor whose name is synonymous with the May 4, 1970 shootings where four Kent State students lost their lives, rang the Victory Bell on the Commons below Taylor Hall in their memory...

Avery Hall, president of the May 4 Task Force, speaks at the 52nd commemoration of the May 4 shootings.

Kent community responds to 52nd May 4 commemoration

Kaitlyn Finchler and Zaria Johnson May 4, 2022

“I went over to Jeff Miller's body, I had only met Jeff two weeks prior at a party we were having at the quarry on route 43.” -- Dennis Rein, May 4 witness “[May 4] is important to me, because...

A 1972 Kent State University graduate and author of Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties, Thomas Grace, attends an authors visit on May 4, 2022.

Kent State bookstore hosts May 4 authors 

Morgan McGrath , Reporter May 4, 2022

The Kent State University bookstore was filled with students, staff and alumni on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2022.Long tables were covered in blue cloth with name tags of various authors, all of...

Sights and Sounds of the May 4 52nd Commemoration

Maddy Haberberger and Chris Abreu May 4, 2022
Late morning saw the return of crowds to Blanket Hill as hundreds gathered on the Student Commons for the annual commemoration. The voices of the Kent State Chorale rang strong as they sang; “Find the cost of freedom, Buried in the ground, Mother Earth will swallow you, Lay your body down.”
A woman in a bright green jacket held her own candle for the May 4 candlelight vigil on the morning of Wednesday, May 4.

Students, witnesses and community honor 52nd anniversary of May 4 at walk and vigil

Hannah Keil and Isabella Schreck May 4, 2022

Laura Davis, a freshman at Kent State in 1970, watched the May 4 shooting happen from a distance. Today, as she does every year, she comes back to retrace her steps and remember the lives of her peers,...

Todd Diacon poses with five of the nine wounded survivors from the May 4 shooting at a dedication ceremony for markers honoring the wounded.  
(L-R) Donald Scott Mackenzie, John Cleary, Thomas Grace, Todd Diacon, Joseph Lewis
Bottom: Dean Kahler

Nine markers dedicated to commemorate May 4 wounded

Alexandra Golden, Assigning Editor May 4, 2022

Nine former students, who were wounded on May 4, 1970, were honored during a dedication ceremony for markers placed at each spot near Taylor Hall where they were shot 52 years ago. Four other students...

Members of Afrobeat dance group Asé Xpressions perform to a piece called “Fem” on Monday, May 2 at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

Kent State students, staff perform at Severance Music Hall in honor of May 4

Morgan McGrath, Senior Reporter May 3, 2022

Blue lights lit the backdrop at Cleveland’s Severance Hall as performers entered the stage on Monday, May 2. The audience sat in three collective rows – on the floor, or in the two balcony sections...

(Left to right) J. Ronald Snyder, Lindy Holmes and Jarrod Jones.

Professor at Ohio Northern University collects oral histories from May 4 National Guardsmen

Megan Becker Reporter May 25, 2021

The Kent State Guardsmen Oral History Project is an ongoing project at Ohio Northern University aiming to document the experiences of National Guardsmen at the Kent State shooting.Kent State has collected...

Dr. Jerry M. Lewis, professor emeritus of sociology at Kent State University, and witness to the events of May 4, 1970. He is pictured with the pagoda and Taylor Hall in the background in 2010.

Former professor, faculty marshal reflects on May 4 tragedy before 51st commemoration

Zoë Blank Reporter May 3, 2021

Jerry M. Lewis believes the events of May 4, 1970, are a transformative part of Kent State’s history that should be remembered. Lewis served as a faculty marshal and was an eyewitness to the shootings...

Calendar showing all of SDS’s scheduled events for the May 4 weekend. 

SDS plans May 4 events throughout weekend

Blake Westover Reporter April 30, 2021

The fifty-first anniversary of the May 4 shootings is the second anniversary to be held virtually during the pandemic whereas, in previous years, the events were held in person which featured a candlelight...

After the Fire in the Heartland screening, a panel consisting of Chic Canfora (top right), Ethan Lower (bottom left) and Tiera Moore (bottom right) answered questions given by moderator Stephanie Smith (top left). 

Activism in the heartland: May 4, 1970 film viewing and panel discussion

Blake Westover Reporter April 5, 2021

Students, faculty and May 4 survivors gathered via Zoom Monday night to watch and discuss the film "Fire in the Heartland" by Daniel Miller. Over 160 joined to watch the film and ask questions of a panel...

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