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Black United Students (BUS), a student-run organization, was founded in 1968 with a mission to unite and advocate for Black students at Kent State University. In its decades-long history, BUS has taken direct action to address multi-faceted institutional racism in areas such as facilities, budget allocations, student enrollment, faculty representation, academic programming, departmental organization, and anti-racism, among many other issues. BUS began publishing a newspaper titled Black Watch in 1969. Since then, the publication was renamed The Spectrum, and later changed to its current title, UHURU.
This exhibition features cover pages from the official publications of Black United Students: Black Watch, The Spectrum, and UHURU. (Curated by Haley Antell)
Immediately following the Kent State shootings, President Robert White ordered that the University close and an injunction was then granted to that effect. However, the faculty voted to complete their courses by any means necessary. This exhibit features legal documents, news clippings, letters, and oral histories surrounding the effort to keep Kent State open. (Curated by Katie Davis)
In the aftermath of the shootings of May 4, 1970, Kent State University Libraries sent letters to colleges and universities across the nation requesting campus strike newspapers and related documents to be archived for future research. This exhibit highlights a selection of the responses that are found in the Campus Strike papers in Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit was on display in the Marovitz Gallery, 1st Floor, University Library from August 2020 - September 2021. A companion virtual exhibit is available to view online by clicking the link below. (Curated by Anita Clary)
Part of a multi-location suite of exhibits to mark the 50th commemoration of the Kent State and Jackson State shootings. This segment of these inter-related exhibits focuses on civil rights and anti-war actions at Kent State (Kent, OH), Jackson State (Jackson, MS), and South Carolina State (Orangeburg, SC) in the years 1960-1967. (Curated by Cara Gilgenbach)
This exhibition features posters, flyers, and other items created by the May 4th Task Force, a student-run organization founded in 1975 to raise awareness among students, faculty, administrators, and the general public about the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. (Curated by Haley Antell)
Visitors can view interesting examples of books, manuscripts, and archival materials that illustrate the major areas of strength in the collections: American Poets, British & American Literature, Children’s Literature, History of the Book, History of Science & Exploration; Kent State University History, Local History, Performing Arts, and True Crime. New examples will be appear on a regular basis, so visit often! (Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus and others from Special Collections & Archives)
Precise dates of exhibitions are subject to change.
See our Past Events and Exhibitions page for information and links related to past programs.