Remembering May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University

Remembering May 4th, 1970 at Kent State University

KENT, OH (WOIO) - Kent State University will hold its 43rd annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events taking place from May 2-5.

The annual commemoration provides an avenue for the university community to come together to remember those lost and injured during the tragedy and also to reflect on the meaning of May 4 for today.

A vigil will be held until 12:24 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, with people standing at the spots where the four students - Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder - fell.

The annual commemoration program, also hosted by the May 4 Task Force, occurs May 4 from noon-2 p.m. on the Commons.

Dedication of the May 4 Visitors Center:
The commemoration continues with the dedication of the May 4 Visitors Center on May 4, featuring film director and producer Oliver Stone and PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill. Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS' Washington Week and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour, will moderate a panel discussion on the "Historical Significance of May 4 and the Visitors Center," from 4-6 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall.

Following the panel discussion, Stone, an Oscar-winning director, producer and screen writer, will share his thoughts on "History and Memory in Film," based on his films that depict '60s-era events, from 7:30-9 p.m. Both events with Ifill and Stone are free and open to the public, with seats available on a first-come basis. A reception will follow Stone's presentation at 9 p.m. in the atrium of Cartwright Hall.

Meet the Designers of the May 4 Visitors Center:
An opportunity to "Meet the Designers of the May 4 Visitors Center" will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in room 144 at Taylor Hall on May 5. Cybelle Jones, principal and studio director, and Carl Rhodes, associate and senior exhibit designer, at Gallagher & Associates, will discuss their work on the center. They will talk about how the design helps realize the center's vision and mission.
"I'm excited about all three events," said Laura Davis, director of Kent State's May 4 Visitors Center. "People will be interested in hearing from these public figures the place that May 4th has in public memory and the course of American history."

For more information about May 4, Kent State's May 4 Visitors Center and dedication events for the visitors center, visit For information about the May 4 Task Force and this year's May 4 Commemoration events, visit

Please note that the following items are not permitted inside the May 4 Visitors Center and University Auditorium:
• Animals - other than those used as a service animal
• Baby strollers
• Backpacks
• Bags (larger than 14" x 14") or sealed packages of any kind
• Cameras, video recorders, audio recorders or other similar electronic devices
• Umbrellas
• Food and drink
• Smoking only allowed outside
• Weapons of any kind