KSU May 4 program goes online with virtual candlelight vigil

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Kent State University is carrying out its May 4 Commemoration online, including a virtual candlelight vigil

Kent State Shooting Anniversary

Two students walk toward the pagoda at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, past the spot where Ohio National Guard troops fired on student anti-war protestors on May 4, 1970. Survivors of a 1970 Ohio National Guard shooting that killed four Kent State students during an anti-war protest released a recently uncovered audio tape on Tuesday that they said clearly reflects a military order to fire on the demonstrators. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Kent State University is carrying out its May 4 Commemoration online, including a virtual candlelight vigil.

The online virtual program honors students who died on May 4, 1970, when the National Guard fired on students during an anti-war protest on campus, killing four students and wounding nine others.

One of the victims, Sandra Scheuer, was born and raised in Boardman.

At noon on May 4, an online video will be released on the commemoration website. People are also encouraged to participate in a virtual candlelight vigil.

Participation in the vigil includes three steps:

1. POST – Between now and Monday, May 4, 2020, post a photo of a lit candle, or of you holding a lit candle, to either your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. If you can’t take a photo, feel free to use the image supplied on the right side of this page. (Right click and “Save Image” to your computer).

2. TAG – Be sure to tag your post with #KentStateMay4.

3. SHARE – After you upload your photo, share your post and encourage your family and friends to participate

The online program will include a variety of videos, exhibits and learning resources. Actress Tina Fey and her husband, Kent State alumnus Jeff Richmond, are lending their voices and talents to a newly recorded version of “May 4th Voices,” the play by David Hassler, Kent State’s director of the Wick Poetry Center.

Courtesy: Kent State University

The virtual commemoration culminates the yearlong observance of the 50th anniversary of the shootings.

In March, Kent State canceled its weekend full of programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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