KENT, Ohio — After Kent State University canceled its on-campus events commemorating the events of May 4, 1970, the university announced Friday it will still honor the victims and remember the events of that day with an online virtual program.
A variety of content will be available on May 1. The centerpiece of the online commemoration will be a special video tribute that will air at noon on Monday 4, featuring footage from past commemorations and newly recorded messages from several students wounded in 1970.
Musicians whose music was impacted by the events will offer their reflection, including David Crosby and Graham Nash, both from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Kent State alumnus Jerry Casale from Devo; and Jesse Colin Young from the Youngbloods.
“It is impossible to replace the very moving and solemn experience of the physical May 4 Commemoration with something that occurs online,” stated Kent State President Todd Diacon. “However, we knew it was important to remember and honor the events of May 4, 1970, even in the midst of all that was happening in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to the ongoing legacy of May 4, 1970 and look forward to future commemorations and educational initiatives surrounding this important moment in history.”
Since the actual march and vigil won’t be held this year, Kent State is asking everyone to participate in a virtual candlelight vigil.
Info on how to participate can be found here.