Magazine article Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Higher Education

Respice

Magazine article Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Higher Education

Respice

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To protest the escalation of the Vietnam War and to disrupt what demonstrators believe to be war goods, University of California Davis students block the Southern Pacific railroad tracks for six hours during a weeklong series of sit-ins, rallies, and all-night vigils at the Southern Pacific Depot. Nearly 100 are charged with unlawful assembly.

On May 1, 1970 Kent State University students organized a demonstration to protest the invasion of Cambodia. A copy of the Constitution was buried to symbolize its "murder." A second rally was called for noon, May 4. In the meantime, after crowds had moved toward the center of town and engaged in disruptive behavior, the Kent City mayor and Ohio governor called on the National Guard to prevent further escalation. Over the next few days there were a number of incidents involving, demonstrators, university officials, and National Guardsmen. By noon on May 4, 2,000 people had gathered in the vicinity of the commons even though the rally had been banned. To disperse the crowd, tear gas canisters were fired but had little effect and shortly afterward, 28 guardsmen fired shots into the air and into the crowd, leaving four students dead and injuring nine others. …

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