50 years have passed since Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded. On this week’s program, Mickey and his guests review the event and reflect on its impact, then and now.
Peter Kuznick is Professor of History at American University in Washington, DC, and coauthor of The Untold History of the United States. In 1970, he was a Rutgers University student and an antiwar organizer. Joseph Lewis was a Kent State student in 1970, and one of the nine students wounded by National Guard gunfire. Laurel Krause is the younger sister of Allison Krause, one of the four Kent State students shot to death in 1970. She has been part of the Krause family’s campaign for official accountability for the death of Allison. DeRay McKesson, born in 1985, is a Black Lives Matter organizer, an author, and one of the founders of the Mapping Police Violence project.
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