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KSU staff member’s second play, “Whitesville” opens March 31

Benjamin Weaver, Reporter March 26, 2022

Do you remember where you were on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was killed? Do you remember having conversations about race with friends and family? “Whitesville,” a play written by Eric Mansfield,...

Opening statements in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a routine traffic stop are expected in the same courtroom where another ex-cop was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd.

Opening statements begin in trial of Kimberly Potter, ex-cop who killed Daunte Wright

 (CNN) -- Opening statements are underway in the trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who said she mistook her gun for a Taser when she killed Daunte Wright during a traffic...

Kent State Museum unveils new exhibition centering Black hair

Reegan Saunders Reporter September 14, 2021

Black hair is a phenomenon left unexplored outside the Black community. The Kent State Museum’s latest exhibition, “TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair,” sheds light on the complexities...

Derek Chauvin sentenced by Minnesota judge to 22.5 years

Nicole Lew Reporter June 25, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years Friday for the murder of George Floyd. In April, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree...

Elaine Frantz is a historian and Kent State professor. 

Verdict from George Floyd murder trial may reveal historical problems, new solutions

Ian Jameson Reporter April 22, 2021

After the death of George Floyd last year and protests worldwide in the following months, the verdict of the murder trial and the charges against the man who killed him have been announced. On Tuesday,...

The Board of Trustees approved the Anti-Racism and Equity Institute in a Zoom meeting Wednesday. Mandy Munro-Stasiuk, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the proposal at the Academic Excellence and Student Success Committee meeting March 4.

Board of Trustees approves Anti-Racism and Equity Institute, amid the racial climate

Kelly Krabill Reporter March 10, 2021

The university’s plan to establish diversity will be the new focus of an institution approved by the Board of Trustees in a Zoom meeting Wednesday.The Anti-Racism and Equity Institute will host faculty,...

Former congressman Bakari Sellers speaks Jan. 21, 2020.

Former congressman Bakari Sellers discusses racial injustice in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Madisyn Woodring Reporter January 21, 2021

Former South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers told viewers of his virtual speech honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. that now is the most divided and divisive time in American history...

JD Eicher recording “History”

JD Eicher is Living Through “History”

Ben Pagani October 23, 2020

 JD Eicher, a singer/songwriter from Youngstown, Ohio, is using his voice as a platform for social justice.The last seven months have seen one of the largest emotional showcases in American history. It...

Protesters start to walk toward Oscar Richie Hall and then down to the rock during the Black Lives Matter protest on Sept. 10, 2020.

‘It is bigger than the rock’: Students call for change after racist messages

Owen MacMillan Sports editor September 10, 2020

Correction: In a previous version of this story, a quote was incorrectly attributed to Kamalenn Gillespie. This quote has been removed.Hundreds of Kent State students gathered in front of the Student Center...

Protesters injured during clashes with Columbus police sue

Julie Carr Smyth, AP July 9, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of anti-racism protesters has filed a federal lawsuit in Ohio seeking monetary damages for injuries sustained in clashes with police after the death of George Floyd.The...

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd as they gather Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on the East side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Democrats offer sweeping police reform bill

 (CNN) -- Democrats put forward sweeping legislation Monday aimed at cracking down on police brutality and recording patterns of misuse of force across the country, the first concrete step toward action...

Chad Payne of Akron holds up a sign as he stands in the middle of S. High St. in downtown Akron during a protest march to end police brutality on June 6, 2020.

Akron engages in weekend of peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter

KentWired Staff June 7, 2020

Editor’s note: Hundreds marched in Akron this weekend to protest police brutality and combat racism following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. KentWired’s reporting team covered the...

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