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Title
Kent State University Rally in Kent, Ohio [During Tent City, 1977]
Contributing Organization
WYSO (Yellow Springs, Ohio)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/27-bc3st7f618
WYSO FM 91.3 Public Radio; CONTENTdm Version 5.1.0; http://www.contentdm.com
WYSO_PA_662
Description
This program, produced in 1977, features the rally and the tent city organized that May to protest the building of the Memorial Gym Annex on the campus of Kent State University. The proposed construction site was adjacent to the area where the Kent State Shootings had occurred in 1970. The following people attended the rally: Judy Collins (b. May 1, 1939) a folk singer, song writer, social activist; Julian Bond (b. January 14, 1940) an African American social activist, civil rights leader, politician, professor and writer; and Daniel Ellsberg (b. April 7, 1931) a political activist. Even after the tent city ended in July, there were several attempts to block construction through additional rallies and legal challenges. There was an appeal to the United States Congress and the Department of the Interior to have the area declared a National Historic Landmark. All of the attempts were unsuccessful and construction began on September 19, 1977. The Kent State Shootings occurred on the campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970. In the days leading up to the shootings, there were several protests against the expansion of the Vietnam War, President Nixon's decision to invade Cambodia and the reinstitution of the draft lottery. These protests resulted in violence and property damage both on campus and in the city of Kent. The mayor declared a state of emergency, ordered a curfew and asked the Governor to send the Ohio National Guard. On May 4th, a group of unarmed students held another protest on the Kent State campus. The Ohio National Guard fired into the group of protesters killing four students and wounding nine others. The national response to the shootings resulted in a student strike causing more than 450 campuses to close and other community protests that further divided the country along political lines.
Asset type
Program
Subjects
Demonstrations; Vietnam War
Creator
Wallace, Jo Anne, Producer
Contributor
WYSO FM 91.3 Public Radio, Wardrobe
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Media type
Sound
Duration
0:49:55
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Citation
Chicago: “Kent State University Rally in Kent, Ohio [During Tent City, 1977],” WYSO, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 22, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_27-bc3st7f618.
MLA: “Kent State University Rally in Kent, Ohio [During Tent City, 1977].” WYSO, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 22, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_27-bc3st7f618>.
APA: Kent State University Rally in Kent, Ohio [During Tent City, 1977]. Boston, MA: WYSO, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_27-bc3st7f618