ASHTABULA — The 50th anniversary of the tragic events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State University will be remembered through film, music, a play and presentations at KSU Ashtabula, beginning Feb. 18.

It was on May 4, 1970 that members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam war, killing four students and wounding nine others.

KSU Ashtabula’s commemoration activities will include:  

• Feb. 18 — “Fire in the Heartland” film;

• March 10 — Music of May 4, presented by Bradley Keefer and David Perusek; 

• April 8 — Roseanne (chic) Canfora, a survivor witness, sister of wounded students and now an adjunct at Kent State;

• April 17, 18, 19 — May 4 Voices play;

• April 23 — “What have we learned? Conflict Management presentation;

• April 29 — Trip to Kent Main Campus, May 4 site, and

• May 4 — Observation of May 4th on Ashtabula Campus.

Most events will start at 7 p.m. and be in the Main Hall Auditorium.

“All of the events will be very good,” said Jason A. Tirotta, manager of communication and marketing at Kent State University. “We’re working on putting together some additional information.”

Details of the play, “May 4 Voices,” showing April 17-19, are forthcoming, he said.

“Tickets for that will be free, but must be ordered in advance,” he said. “We’ll have details about how to get tickets and more on the show in the coming weeks.”

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