Kent State University Press
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On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. The impact of the shootings was dramatic. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close. The events surrounding May 4, 1970, became a turning point for United States involvement in the Vietnam War. The impact of those events also continues to affect and influence generations 50 years later. As we examine those events and remember those who lost their lives or were wounded, we can also build on the lessons learned over the past 50 years to inspire others to continue the pursuits of freedom of expression and social activism.