Remembering Kent State

Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard responded to a student demonstration at Kent State University by shooting into the crowd. Four students were killed. Others suffered severe injuries. All Americans, but especially young people, were strongly affected. For my generation, it was one incident of many revealing how our government may turn to violence when facing dissent.

A famous piece of music associated with that day is “Ohio,” written by Neil Young and originally recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

There are covers of the song as well. Here are some of the better ones.

“Ohio” by Chris Proctor, 2000

“Ohio” by Anders Osborne & Monk Boudreaux, 2002

“Ohio” by Vitamin String Quartet, 2002

“Ohio” by Sisters Euclid, 2006

“Ohio” by Matt Jorgensen, 2008

“Ohio” by Philpot, 2008

“Ohio” by Mark May Band, Live, 2009