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Annual May 4 Commemoration records, 1971-2010
May 4 Collection -- Boxes 117 and 117A
Prepared by Nancy Birk, October 20, 1995; Updated April 2015; Updated January 2016 by Rennie Greenfield
1 record storage box + 1 oversize box, 1.5 cubic feet, 12th floor
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials gathered by the University Archives that document the annual commemorations, including performances and events. Some material originates from the May 4th Task Force. Posters and other promotional material from the annual commemorations are also included. Material in Box 117 and Box 117A are arranged chronologically.
May 4 Collection -- Box 117
Folder -- Contents
Schedule of events and exhibits for first annual memorial observance, May 1-4, 1971
Position and policies paper regarding first annual memorial observance, 1971
Rough draft of speech by Julian Bond for first annual memorial observance, April 1971
4. News Service Announcements, April 1972
5. Ecumenical Memorial Service, outline and summary of service, May 1975
6. Program for Weekend Activities, May 1975
7. Position Paper with Memorial Program, September, 1977
8. Agendas and Events, 1978
9. University News Service Press Releases, April 1978
10. Open Letters and Statements, 1978
11. Correspondence, December 1977-August 1978
12. Clippings, January 1978-May 1978
13. Flyers and Leaflets, 1978
14. Photograph from Jim Lawless, May 1978
15. The Educational Consequences of the Tragedy, commemoration speech by Bruce Harkness, [former Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, final draft copy]
16. May 4 Scheduling Committee, Minutes, Correspondence, and Clippings 1980
17. Correspondence and programs, 1981
18. Poster with Speakers and Program Notes, 1983
20. May 4th Memorial fact sheet, January 1989
21. Programs and Events, April 1989-May 1989
22. News Release Statements, April 1991
23. News Release Statements, November 1994
24. Dance Alloy, May 4th Dance/Theatre Project, programs and announcements, April 29, 1995
25. The Serpent, programs for dramatic ceremony by Jean-Claude van Itallie, April 1995
26. Simple Gestures: A Commemorative Installation, promotional material, April 5-May 10, 1995
27. Kent State University: May, 1970, invitation to showing of interactive multimedia CD-ROM, May 1, 1995
28. The Legacy of May 4, 1970, announcement of television documentary showing, May 1, 1995
29. Legacies of Protest, May 4 Symposium, May 2-3, 1995
30. Kent State: A Requiem, announcements for performances, May 3, 1995
31. Finding a Common Ground: The Blanketing of Blanket Hill, audience instructions for participation, May 4, 1995
32. Peter, Paul and Mary, concert ticket stub, May 4, 1995
33. Proposal for CASE submission, Milestone 25th Anniversary of the Events of May 4, 1970
34. News Release Statements, April-May 1995
35. A Different Reunion, speech by Lee Kamps, May 1995
36. Kent State University Alumni Association, information card and staff memo about 25th Anniversary Commemoration, May 1995
37. Nightwalking: Voices from Kent State by Sandra Perlman, program and company member list, May 1995
38. Tragedy at Kent State, programs and clippings, May 1995
39. Preserving the May 4th Site: A Position Paper by Carole Barbato, June 1995
40. Sample Layout, May 4 Message and Information Board, [no date]
41. 25th Anniversary Commemoration programs and schedule of events
42. 26th Annual Commemoration, schedules of activities and events, May 3-4, 1996
43. Shakespeare After Words, commemoration performance announcement, April 24, 1996
44. Crosby, Stills and Nash, performance agreement for May 4, 1997
45. May 4th Task Force announcement concerning request for permanent closure of four parking spaces in Prentice Hall parking lot, May 3, 1998
46. Unification of the Generations, commemoration program announcement, April 1998
47. May 4 Commemoration events announcement, April 1999
48. Confrontation at Kent State, May 4th Task Force Annual Fall Forum announcement, November 18, 1999
49. Student markers dedication, Prentice Hall parking lot, September 8, 1999
50. Print and Broadcast Journalism alumni reunion, [memory book, clippings, notebooks], May 3-5, 2000
51. Hillel tag, "Flowers are better than bullets"
52. Song in Sorrow, Blossom Music Festival performance schedules
53. Press packet for 30th Commemoration, [2 packets]
54. Kent State: The Day the War came Home, promotional packet for documentary aired on The Learning Channel, May 5, 2000
55. May 4 Oral History Project, announcement of designated site for project contributions
56. The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society, first annual May 4 Symposium, registration posting and schedule, May 1-2, 2000
57. Remarks by Tom Grace at the Annual Commemoration, [Grace was wounded on May 4, 1970]
58. Media, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society, Information packets for Symposium on Democracy, April 11-12, 2001
59. 31st Annual May 4th Commemoration, announcements for The Cost of Freedom candlelight vigil and commemoration, May 2-4, 2001
60. Programs for Kent Wind Ensemble and Kent State University Chorale with Greg Banaszak, individual performances and excerpts from Opera Flies, March 22, 2001
61. East 79th Street, announcements for play sponsored by the May 4 Task Force, May 2, 2001
62. News story about Annual Commemoration, May 5, 2002
63. Memo from KSU president Carol Cartwright concerning May 4 observance safety, April 30, 2002
64. Letter from Staughton Lynd concerning "From Port Huron to Kent State" conference, May 2, 2002
65. Docent schedule from May 4 Resource Room, April 20-May 3, 2002
66. Democracy and Religion, third annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 20-30, 2002
67. May 4th Task Force meetings announcement and guide to May 4 sites, [2002?]
68. PEACE 1970-2003: Remembering Kent State & Jackson State, Annual Commemoration schedule of events, May 3-4, 2003
69. Democracy and Globalization, fourth annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 28-29, 2003
70. Democracy and Homeland Security, fifth annual Symposium on Democracy, registration and news clippings, April 2004
71. Sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, call for scholarly paper proposals
72. Democracy and the Arts: Voices and Choices, sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2005
73. 35th Annual Commemoration: "Tell Me Father, Did They Aim?", May 4th Task Force, Schedule of events, flyers, May 1-4, 2005
74. Irreconcilable Differences? Democratic Policy Deliberations in Science, Religion and Politics, seventh annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2006
75. 36th Annual May 4 Commemoration schedule of events, 2006
76. 37th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events and flyers, 2007
77. Speech Notes from Tom Hayden from the Symposium on Democracy, 2007
78. 38th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events, 2008
79. 10th Annual Symposium on Democarcy, Program Announcement, flyers, and schedule of events, 2009
80. John Filo - Commemoration Speech Notes for May 4 Task Force
81. Speech by Mark Rudd, 2010
82. Blanket Hill program, 2010
83. Events schedule and articles, 2010
May 4 Collection -- Box 117A--Commemoration Posters
Folder -- Contents
1. 1977: Speakers include Dick Gregory, William Kunstler, Ron Kovic, Tim Butz, Dave Engdahl, Chic Canfora, Dean Kahler and Alan Canfora.
2. 1978: Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, William Kunstler, Vernon Bellecourt, Abdul Alkalimat, Constance Slaughter, Clark Kissinger, Alan Canfora, Greg Rambo, Bill Arthrell, Jeter Pittman and Barbara Dane.
3. 1979: Speakers include William Kunstler, Constance Slaughter, Robby Stamps, Sanford Rosen, Tom Grace and John Bassette.
4. 1980: Speakers include Dave Dellinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Norma Becker, William Kunstler and Kwame Toure (Stokley Carmichael).
5. 1980: Ten Years Later; National Student Day.
6. 1980: Speakers include Bella Abzug, Norma Becker, David Dellinger, Rev. John Adams, Stokley Carmichael, William Kunstler, Robert Picket and Dr. Greg Wald.
7. 1981: Speakers include Rev. John Adams, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, and Joseph Rhodes Jr.
8. 1982: Speakers include Janice Fine, Paul Keane, Benson Wolman and Jerry M. Lewis.
9. 1983: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, Dean Kahler, Robbie Stamps, Dudley Weeks and Milo Hunter.
10. 1984: Speakers include Tom Grace, Jim Russell, Jane Fleiss, Dr. Tom Hensley, Rev. Bill Jacobs, Dave Boerner and Gerry Condon.
11. 1985: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Elaine Holstein, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Robert Stmps, Alan Canfora, Thomas Grace, Scott Mackenzie, James Russell, Douglas Wrentmore, Harry Ausprich and James Riggs.
12. 1986: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Chic Canfora-Knepp and Sheldon Liss.
13. 1987: Speakers include Julian Bond, Ian Taberner, Scott Norberg, Alan Canfora and Tom Grace.
14. 1988: Speakers include Louis Stokes, William Kunstler, Sanford Rosen, Alan Canfora, Tom Grace, Chic Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne and Dr. Sheldon Liss.
15. 1989: Speakers include Christina Baldwin, Carl Oglesby, Mark Rudd, Gene Young, Tom Grace and Dave Cline.
16. 1989: "Students in Action" 19th Annual Commemoration poster proof.
17. 1990: Speakers include Students wounded on May 4, Pat Humphries, Gene Young, Laurel Krause, Dave Kline, Ken Hammond, Wu'er Kaixi, Betty Kirschner, Holly Near, Curtis Pittman, Sanfored Rosen, William Kunstler.
18. 1991: Speakers include Ralph McGehee, Roseanne Canfora-Knepp, Tom Grace and Gene Young.
19. 1994: Speakers include Samantha Carver, William Kunstler, J. Gregory Payne, Gene Young and Jeffrey Powell.
20. 1995: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Paul Rogat Loeb, Mark Rudd, Stephanie Campbell, Barbara Agte, Steve Drucker, Lou Cusella, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Sanford Rosen, Roland Colom and Kermit Dilworth.
21. 1996: Speakers include Sherrod Brown, Bernadine Dohrn, Stanley Tolliver, Tom Grace, Perkins Pringle, Jen Gensch, Troy Gregorino and Arun Prabhakaran.
22. 1997: Speakers include James Bresky, Ron Kuby, Michael Novick, Tom Papp, Al Long, Chic Canfora, Mac Lojowsky, Wendy Semon and Carol Meyers.
23. 1998: Speakers include Gary Polvinale, Ron Kovic, Ruth Gibson, Steve Skovensky, Rochelle Gause, Troy Gregorino, Sarah Lund, Charlie Mosbrook, U Sam Oeur, Timothy Moore and Robbie Stamps.
24. 1999: Speakers include Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ley Ly Hayslip, Dr. Molly Merryman, Dr. Barnes Harden, Leverne Larkins, Kim Larson, Paul Edgar, Kathy Bizek and Doug Mackar.
25. 2000: Speakers include Gene Young, Gloria Green McKray, Demitrius Gibbs, Juliette Beck, Julia Butterfly Hill, Vernon Bellecourt, Ramona Africa and Noam Chomsky.
26. 2001: Speakers include Alison Wiener, Ben Pershy, Jim Mueller, Laura Haring, Tom Grace and a Representative from the Sinn Fein Party of North Ireland.
27. 2002: Speakers include Danielle Devore, Tom Callahan, Adria Crannell, Kelley Gorbett, Joseph Lewis, James Russell and Charlene Teters.
28. 2003: Speakers include Phil Arway, Seth Kujat, Billie Campbell, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Rosanne (Chic) Canfora, Carol Cartwright, Dr. Roland Mason Jr. and Jello Biafra.
29. 2004: Speakers include William Rivers Pitt, Holly Near, Dean Kahler, Gary Daniels, Mike Pacifico, Sam Harper, Dr. Carole Barbato, T. N. Bhargava, and Alan Canfora.
30. 2005: Speakers include Russell Miler, Barry Levine, Nancy Tuttle, Mike Alewitz, Dr. William Schultz (Amnesty International), Gene Young, Ken Hammond, Marc Lenci, and Chad Salamon.
31. 2006: Speakers include Medea Benjamin and Mary Ann Vecchio.
32. 2008:Speakers include Scott Ritter, Ron Kovic, Emily Kunstler, Dean Kahler and Joe Lewis.
33. Undated: "Rememberance."
34. Undated: Speakers include Dr. Thomas Hensley, Joe Lewis, Dean Kahler, Gene Young, William Kunstler, Sanford Lewis, Jan Scruggs and Jack Smith.