2020 is not the first time colleges dispersed with classes on campus and canceled commencements.
Fifty years ago this month, after four Kent State University students were killed by bullets from the Ohio National Guard, some colleges feared that violence could occur on their campuses and sent students home. Some canceled final exams, and several canceled graduation ceremonies.
May 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings. To learn how this tragic event continues to resonate in 2020, the Jandoli Institute posed a question:
Why is it important for today’s America to reflect upon the Kent State shootings?
We are grateful to all of those who took time to share their thoughts about Kent State with the Jandoli Institute:
- Roseann “Chic” Canfora: ‘A kinship with other shooting survivors’
- Lee Coppola: ‘Bloodshed over differences of opinion has no place in a democracy’
- Barry Gan: ‘Awakening mainstream America’
- Peggy Dudas: ‘Innocence walked out the door, replaced by cynicism and anger‘
- Mike Greenblatt: ‘True American martyrs for peaceful protest’
- David Kassnoff: ‘Any life lost exercising First Amendment rights is one too many’
- Mike Jones-Kelley: ‘So now they are going to start killing us’
- Chris Mackowski: ‘When protesters demanded accountability, government responded with violence’
- Carole McNall: ‘How do you walk back from that level of public anger?’
- Greg Mitchell: How Bona students reacted to the Kent State shootings
- Mark Rudd: ‘We need a new mass movement to remake government’
- John Stevens: ‘We need to be constantly reminded of Kent State’
- Paul Wieland: ‘A precursor to a new breed of imperialism’
- Denny Wilkins: ‘The day I first understood journalism’
- Stephen Wilt: Neil Young’s ‘Ohio’ Still Resonates 50 Years Later
If you would like to add a response to the question, reply to this post with your response or send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit Kent State University’s May 4, 50th Commemoration page.