KENT -- Film director Oliver Stone and PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill will help dedicate the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State University and serve as guest speakers during the 43rd commemoration of the fatal campus shootings.
"The May 4 Visitors Center brings memory and history together, in order to serve the future," said Laura Davis, director of the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State. "Visitors frequently comment on the power of the exhibit in evoking the past: 'It makes me feel like I was there,' they say. In addition, their comments on the center's response stations affirm that the display offers a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting rights that help preserve a democratic society."
Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS' "Washington Week" and co-anchor of "PBS NewsHour," will host a panel discussion titled "Historical Significance of May 4 and the Visitors Center" on May 4 from 4-6 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall.
Then Stone takes the stage from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. to share his thoughts on "History and Memory in Film," drawing on his movies that depict '60s-era events. A reception will follow his presentation at 9 p.m. in Cartwright Hall.
The events featuring Ifill and Stone are free and open to the public.
The night prior, an annual candlelight march begins May 3 at 10:30 p.m. at the Kent State Commons. The march loops the campus and pays tribute to those wounded and lost May 4, 1970. A vigil follows the march until 12:24 p.m. May 4, with people standing at the spots where the four students -- Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder -- died.
The May 4 Visitors Center, which is located in Room 101 of Taylor Hall on Kent's main campus, is open from noon-5 p.m. Monday - Thursday and Saturday. Extended hours during the dedication and commemoration weekend will be posted at a later date. Admission is free.