The recent 50th commemoration of the tragic events that took place at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 provides us with an opportunity to reflect both on that day and the history of American social movements. Check out these books to learn more about U.S. political activism from the 1960s to the present.
13 seconds : a look back at the Kent State shootings
by Caputo, Philip
Moments of truth : a photographer’s experience of Kent State 1970
by Ruffner, Howard
This nonviolent stuff’ll get you killed : how guns made the civil rights movement possible
by Cobb, Charles E., Jr.
Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights
by Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan
Protest! : a history of social and political protest graphics
by McQuiston, Liz
Stand by me : the forgotten history of gay liberation
by Downs, Jim
The Stonewall Riots : a documentary history
by Stein, Marc
Tinderbox : the untold story of the Up Stairs Lounge fire and the rise of gay liberation
by Fieseler, Robert W.
The feminist revolution : the struggle for women’s liberation
by Morris, Bonnie J.
Speaking of feminism : today’s activists on the past, present, and future of the U.S. women’s movement
by Seidman, Rachel Filene
Ballots and bullets : Black Power politics and urban guerrilla warfare in 1968 Cleveland
by Robenalt, James D.
Soul of a nation : art in the age of Black power
by Godfrey, Mark (Mark Benjamin)
Voices of A people’s history of the United States
by Zinn, Howard
Join us on YouTube on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm as Dr. Roseann “Chic” Canfora, eyewitness and survivor of the Kent State shooting in 1970, shares her personal experience on one of the darkest days in American history.