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May 1st, 1970: 3 Days Before May 4th

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM

By Payge Reynolds

May 1st, 1970: A beautiful spring day. Many students spent the afternoon attending classes, while other students congregated at the Victory Bell located behind Taylor Hall, listening to those addressing the crowd, and protesting the Vietnam War by burying the Constitution. The United States had been in “conflict” with Vietnam since 1965, which angered many Americans. Anti-War sentiments ran high across the country, but college campuses nationwide were fertile soil for political unrest and student protests.

Students, Professors, and reporters attend demonstrations held on the student commons. Photograph taken May 1st, 1970.

Kent State was no different. On the Commons, a rally took place where a number of speakers made emotionally-charged calls in solidarity to bring an end to the war and to criticize Nixon’s presidency. Some students watched, listened; others participated and gave speeches themselves. It was this sort of student activism seen around the country that gave the 60s its reputation, and it was also these events and demonstrations that in three days’ time, would make Kent State University a school known around the world.

A closer view of protestors, including speakers on the Victory Bell adressing the crowd on May 1st, 1970.

A large group photo of the students attenting the demonstrating at the student commons on May 1st, 1970.


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