Why is May 4 Significant Today

May 4 Visitors Center
Home   Who   What   Where   When Why Act Now   Contact Us   Photo Gallery   View Story
Why is May 4, 1970, significant today?

After four decades, May 4, 1970, stands as a milestone in national history and world memory:

  • Demonstrations at Kent State marked the climax of a decade-long national student protest movement with roots in the civil rights movement.

  • What the world came to know as "Kent State" became one of the major symbolic events of the Vietnam War - the day the war came home.

  • The shootings changed public opinion about the war, from the U.S. Congress to the average American home.

  • The events of that day led to reform of armament policies and tactics of the National Guard.

  • The legal aftermath of May 4 set precedent in the U. S. Supreme Court.

  • May 4, 1970, shows the need to communicate effectively and affirms the importance to a democratic society of protecting the First Amendment.
footer

Utility Links

Text Only Options

Top of page


Text Only Options

Open the original version of this page.

Usablenet Assistive is a UsableNet product. Usablenet Assistive Main Page.