On the 50th Kent State in 2020

For the 50th anniversary of the Kent State killings, Professor Mickey Huff of Project Censored interviewed academics, socio-political historians, protesters and survivors on the many issues related to the May 1970 Kent and Jackson State massacres. 

History matters. We hope these perspectives enrich your understanding of this important historical event and provide context for where we are as a society today. We think they resonate with issues of war and peace, civil and human rights, and the enduring question of how we may work together to create a more just and equitable world.

Treasures of the Kent State 50th in 2020
 

Michael Moore and Laurel Krause discuss the Kent State massacre on the 50th

Documentary by Joseph A. Lewis for the 50th, The Kent State Massacre 

Best of the Kent State 50th Teach-In on the Project Censored Show with Mickey Huff 
Best of the Kent State 50th Teach-In on the Project Censored ShowMickey Huff
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Watch Kent State 50th Teach-In discussions never before explored about May 1970, and what it means to all of us now. 

About the Kent State 50th Teach-In

Mickey Huff, Host and Moderator, is director of Project Censored, President of the Media Freedom Foundation, and professor of Social Science/History and Journalism at Diablo Valley College in the SF Bay Area, where he co-chairs the history and journalism department. He is Executive Producer and Host of the weekly syndicated public affairs program, The Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, co-editor of an annual book of the most censored news stories for Project Censored since 2009, and is co-author of United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and what we can do about it).

 

Mickey did his graduate thesis in history, “Healing Old Wounds,” on the efforts of state and university officials to censor interpretations critical of the official narrative around the Kent State massacre aftermath from 1977-1995. He conducted over 20 oral history interviews at Kent for the 25th anniversary and later testified for the Kent State Truth Tribunal in New York City. In 2012, he co-authored with Laurel Krause a chapter for Censored 2013: “Kent State: Was It about Civil Rights or Murdering Student Protesters,” which revealed new Kent State forensic evidence that led Laurel Krause to take the case all the way to the United Nations.

Laurel Krause, Host and Participant; Director and Co-founder of the Kent State Truth Tribunal

Prapat Campbell, Art Director

 

Adam Armstrong, Editor

 

The 50th Teach-In was organized by Project Censored and the Kent State Truth Tribunal

50th Teach-In Participants

Peter Kuznick – Professor of history, American University; author of Untold History of the United States with Oliver Stone 

 

Joseph Lewis – Survivor of two gunshot wounds from Kent State on May 4, 1970 

 

David Zeiger – Documentary filmmaker, Sir! No Sir! The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam 

 

Ira Shor – Author with Paulo Freire of A Pedagogy for Liberation, scholar of critical pedagogy 

 

Joel Eis – Longtime anti-war protester, organizer around draft resistance, and political artist; owner of The Rebound Bookstore 

 

DeRay Mckesson – Author of On the Other Side of Freedom; host of Pod Save the People; civil rights activist at Ferguson; Black Lives Matter 

 

David Swanson – Executive Director, World Beyond War; Campaign Coordinator for RootsAction.org; on the advisory board with Veterans for Peace

 

Laurel Krause – Sister of Allison Krause, who was murdered at Kent State; director and co- founder of the Kent State Truth Tribunal 

The Kent State 50th Teach-In was supported with statements from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, and civil and consumer rights advocate and lawyer, Ralph Nader.

"50 years after the Kent State killings, justice still has not been served. The Kent State Truth Tribunal brings us closer to that goal by sharing first-hand accounts with the public. I am grateful for their efforts and hopeful that some day the truth will come out."

--- Michael Moore

“I spoke at Kent State a few days before May 4. The anxieties of the students were plainly evident in the crowded auditorium and throughout a very tense campus. The massacres at Kent State and the black college Jackson State confirmed the worst fears of anti-war and civil rights student protesters on campus -- that this was going to be the response of a police state.” 

 

–Ralph Nader, statements on the Kent State 50th anniversary of May 4, 1970