Spurred the largest national student strike in U.S. history
When I first learned of this student strike I was completely astonished. The events of May 4th, 1970 in small-town Kent, OH left an immense impact. In the short days following over 4,350,000 students all over the country took part in this national student strike. Leaving around 800 universities and colleges to close. The news of the shooting spread like wildfire and it reached not only the unaware but those who were neutral or had mixed feelings about the Vietnam war. Most of these people can attest to being completely “radicalized” by the news at Kent. Leading to more awareness and ultimately action and change. This is something that my Generation can take away from in order to influence the future. For the 40th anniversary of the Kent State shooting National Public Radio Opened a line for people who were impacted to call and speak. A caller that day described herself as ignorant. My generation has a sense of the things wrong in today's society but today's youth does not submerge themselves in Current events. Ignorance isn't Bliss it's a lie. The only way we as a generation will make a better Tomorrow is if we learn about the problems of today.
Being apart of the younger generation the voting age has always been at the age of 18. It just seems to make sense since one is seen as an adult in the eyes of the law upon on their 18th birthday. I never realized how much of an issue this could be until reading about the troubles the youth and especially the young men had at this time. The students of the May 4th shooting transpired a direct cause of the ratification of 26th amendment. Something my generation could take away from this is to exercise that privilege of voting because those before us fought to have it. And not many of those who fought had the opportunity to enjoy that freedom.
- “Kent State Shooting Divided Campus And Country.” Kent State Shooting Divided Campus And Country, Talk of the Nation, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126480349?storyId=126480349.
- “The May 1970 Student Strike at UW.” May 1970 Student Strike, depts.washington.edu/antiwar/may1970strike.shtml.
- “Student Strike of 1970.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 4 June 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student_strike_of_1970#Yale.
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