Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kent State, May 4, 1970---And Jackson State, May 14, 1970

Alan Canfora standing in front of a line of National Guard at Kent State University right before they opened fire, wounding him and many others and killing the 4 students pictured below. National protests were underway after the US invasions of  Laos and Cambodia and the expansion of the war in Vietnam under Nixon. This was 47 years ago today.

And we cannot forget the killings at Jackson State which occured on May 14, 1970.

The young Black people who died at Jackson State deserve special mention today because their protest was part of a solidarity movement with Kent State, a protest against the war and a heroic protest against racism and race hatred.

Our young friends were united in life through our movement and are united in death through their sacrifices---and they are united in our memory for their bravery and solidarity and for being who they were.

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