Kent State, May 4, 1970

(Above image source: IMDb)

Watch Kent State, an Emmy-winning TV movie

“And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.”

– “Teach Your Children,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1970

That song opens Kent State, a 1981 NBC movie about the nationally polarizing event 50 years ago today, May 4, 1970, when National Guard troops killed four unarmed students on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio.

Kent State won an Emmy for director James Goldstone, but has largely faded from sight since its release on VHS four decades ago. Thankfully, John Blattner has posted his copy to YouTube under fair-use conditions for free educational and teaching purposes.

So here, as a public service to mark the 50th anniversary of a traumatic day in American history, we present Kent State, with all rights reserved to MCA, Inter Planetary Productions Corp. and Osmond Communications (yes, this might be as controversial as Donny and Marie ever got):

It may perhaps not be a spoiler that Kent State ends with another Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song from 1970, “Ohio”:

“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own,
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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