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. 

Thirteen seconds : confrontation at Kent State : the original narrative of events that shook the nation 
by Eszterhas, Joe 

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 

Love and resistance : out of the closet into the stonewall era 
by Tobin, Kay 

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 

She the people : a graphic history of uprisings, breakdowns, setbacks, revolts, and enduring hope on the unfinished road to women’s equality 
by Deaderick, Jen 

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.