50 years after 13 seconds that changed Kent State forever, we reflect
Through this project, we, current students of Kent State, relay our own views of the May 4th shootings through words, photographs and videos.
When we took on this project, we wanted to connect to the fearless protesters of 1970. And we wanted to tell stories that haven’t been heard before.
As the 50th anniversary of the day the National Guard killed four unarmed students on our campus nears, we realize we’re shifting further and further from such a pivotal era in American activism. Time moves so quickly and quietly, and we cannot risk forgetting a tragedy like this. It’s one we still seek answers to today. We want to be the keepers of history, to pass this story on.
Portraits by Kristen Jones
Also not pictured:
Miranda Kiner is a recent Kent State graduate. She is moving to Florida where she plans on pursuing a career in communications and photography.
Sara Donato is a Digital Media Productions major at Kent State University, minoring in photojournalism and advertising. She plans on graduating Spring 2020 and dedicating her life to helping people in anyway she can.
Hailey Coles is a Photojournalism minor and Fashion Design Major at Kent State University. She loves photographing motocross racing, sports, portraits and her rescue dog Peppa. She is a bubbly outgoing person who enjoys being outdoors at all hours of the day.
Jermaine Jackson is a senior photojournalism student at Kent State University. Jackson is from Chicago, Illinois and uses photography to express emotion while putting an emphasis on color and space. Portraits are his forte but is able to photograph almost anything.
Jon Sepchinski is a Photojournalism major at Kent State University. He loves photography and he wants to further his career in Sports Journalism and Freelance work.
Nyla Henderson is a senior Journalism major with a Pan-African studies minor. She is an up and coming rap artist from Youngstown, Ohio who uses her afrocentric roots and journalist talents to merge both art and passion into any of her endeavors. Nyla served as a videographer and video editor for the May 4th project.
John Conley is a junior at Kent State University, studying Journalism. He enjoys sports and wants to continue his career in sports journalism. He found an interest in photography at Kent State and wants to combine that along with journalism.