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Actress and activist Jane Fonda to speak during Kent State's 50th commemoration of 1970 shootings

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 10:16:35-05

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University announced details of the programs that are scheduled for the 50th Commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State, including a speaking forum with actress Jane Fonda.

After months of planning, Kent State University’s May 4 50th Commemoration Advisory Committee created a weekend of events that will take place over four days, from Friday, May 1 through Monday, May 4.

On May 4, 1970, during a mass protest on Kent State’s campus against the bombing of Cambodia by U.S. military forces, 28 National Guard soldiers fired around 67 rounds in 13 seconds into the crowd, killing four students and injuring nine others.

Kent State will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragic event with four days of events, beginning with a focus on the Vietnam anti-war movement that took place between 1968 and 1970, featuring two panels and documentary screenings on Friday, May 1.

On May 2, the focus will shift to the impact of student activism, which will feature panel discussions and a 50th Commemoration concert that will benefit the newly created May 4 Legacy Scholarships.

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Jane Fonda will make an appearance on May 3, discussing her life in social activism and reflecting on the events of May 4, 1970, as the events focus on remembering the legacy of the day. The event with Fonda is free and open to the public, but advance reserved tickets will be required.

On May 4, the focus will shift to the 50th Commemoration to honor and remember the lives lost and forever changed by the event.

For more information on the Kent State May 4 50th Commemoration events, click here.