The shootings at Mississippi’s Jackson State University still linger in the shadow of Kent State. Less than two weeks after Kent, two black students were killed and 12 others wounded by state troopers on May 15, 1970.
The incident started after student demonstrators, protesting the Vietnam War and seeking more rights at the historically black college, responded to an order to disperse by throwing stones and bottles. It ended as police opened fire outside a women’s dormitory.
Phillip Gibbs, 21, a junior preparing for law school, who had a child and a pregnant wife, and James Earl Green, 17, a high school track star on his way home from his job at a grocery store, were killed.
A presidential commission later found the shootings at Jackson and Kent “completely unjustified.” No one was indicted.
May 15th, 1970: 2 Black Students Killed & 12 Wounded by Police During Vietnam Antiwar Protest~ http://may1970project.org/?p=18
Remembering What Happened At Jackson State College In 1970~ http://wyso.org/post/remembering-what-happened-jackson-state-college-1970
MIssissippi Digital Library~ http://tinyurl.com/nlullqw
Gwen John, A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris, 1907-09, Oil on canvas, 12.3 x 9.8 inches, National Museum Cardiff, Wales
The building weighs less than a flower. The parasol stem dreams about being a wicker chair. A blade of wall threatens the throat of the outside world . . .
Source: Barry Nemett on Gwen John
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This link is to a “collection…of photographs and contact sheets produced by University News Service (now University Communications and Marketing) before, during, and after the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University. The first photographs were taken on April 30 to May 3, 1970. This group consists of a small number of photos. The bulk of the photographs were taken on May 4, 1970. Other photographs include events immediately after the shootings and some annual commemorations.” http://www.library.kent.edu/university-news-service-photographs-may-1-4-1970
This link is to “a repository of information managed by WKSU-FM about the 1970 shootings at Kent State University. On May 4th, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students, wounding nine and killing four…The materials include photographs, radio station audio, text, and video related to those shootings and their aftermath”: Audio and images from May 4, 1970~ http://www.kentstate1970.org//index2
“In 1944 Zoran Music was arrested by the Gestapo in Venice and deported to the concentration campo in Dachau, an experience that marked his life and his art thereafter. In 1945 he made a series of drawings depicting scenes related to the Holocaust: cremation ovens, hanged men and piles of corpses. These drawings would be the inspiration, in the 1970s, for the series Nous ne sommes pas les derniers (We Are Not the Last)…”
When we were in the camp, people would often declare that this sort of thing could never happen again. When the war is over, they said, a better world will come into being and such horrors will never recur. . . But then, as time went by, I saw the same sort of thing starting to happen again all over the world—in Vietnam, in the Gulag, in Latin America—everywhere. And I realized that what we had said in those days—that we would be the last people to experience such things—was not true: the truth is that we were not the last. – Zoran Music
Some of Zoran Music’s artwork~ http://www.tate.org.uk/art/search?aid=1685&sort=date