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New Date and Time!
Student Lives Matter: Resistance and Violence from Kent State to Jackson State on March 12th

Date:  March 12th

Place: Kiva Center

Time:  2:00-4:00 p.m

Reception and Exhibit

Time: 4:30-6:45 p.m.

Place: Student Center (306AB)

Sponsors: University Libraries, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Center For Student Involvement, and the May 4 Visitors Center.

Presentation Description:

Student Lives Matter: Resistance and Violence from Kent State to Jackson State

In May 1970, four White students in Kent resisting American imperialism, and two Black students in Jackson resisting American racism were all killed by officers dispatched on two state campuses to restore order.  The tragedies at Kent State University and Jackson State University proved to be the most bloody ties of the predominately White Antiwar Movement and the Black Campus Movement.  The stories of the tragedies at Kent State and Jackson State are customarily told in isolation. This presentation merges these two stories into one story of students demonstrating against injustices and then Americans demonstrating that student lives do matter.

Bio: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (formerly Ibram H. Rogers) is currently a National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-doctoral Fellow, and a visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies at Brown University

Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. A native of Queens, New York, and Manassas, Virginia, he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies from Florida A&M University.

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