Kent May 4 Center


Kent May 4 Center




KENT MAY 4 CENTER is a non-profit educational charity based in Kent, Ohio. Since 1989, Kent May 4 Center has been recognized by the state of Ohio and the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational charity organization.

We seek to provide information for students, scholars, researchers and news media.

Although Kent May 4 Center was organized and incorporated in 1989, all members of the Board of Trustees of Kent May 4 Center have been long-standing activists at Kent for many years prior to 1989.

Alan Canfora, our volunteer Kent May 4 Center director since 1989, was a leading Kent student protester in 1970 and was among those wounded by Ohio National Guard bullets at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Canfora is recognized as the top expert regarding the 1970 Kent State student revolt, the Ohio National Guard shooting incident, the resulting complex legal aftermath and the longstanding May 4 Movement for truth and justice.

Additionally, on an annual basis since the May 4 Task Force student organization was established at Kent State University in 1975, leaders of Kent May 4 Center have assisted educational efforts and May 4 commemoration events sponsored by these dedicated Kent State University students.

Indeed, Kent May 4 Center was established in 1989 as an attempt to address national off-campus educational goals in support of the students of the May 4 Task Force. Today, while we attempt to address our national educational goals, Kent May 4 Center still actively supports the on-campus educational work of these dedicated students of the May 4 Task Force at Kent State University.

In these regards, Kent May 4 Center continues to provide information in Ohio and throughout America concerning several important educational goals:




1. education concerning the May 4, 1970, tragedy at Kent State University: four students were killed and nine other students were injured when members of the Ohio National Guard fired 67 gunshots into a crowd of unarmed students under the noonday sun during an anti-war demonstration;

2. education concerning other similar examples of excessive force: students were also shot dead at several other American campuses including Orangeburg College, Jackson State University, Southern University, the University of Kansas and elsewhere;

3. education concerning American student activism as an important contribution to positive social change: the longstanding tradition of American student activism and the crucial need for modern students to continue to promote positive social change on and off the campus;

4. education concerning the continued need for peaceful conflict resolution on the local, state & national levels: peaceful conflict resolution can prevent future tragedies similar to the 1970 Kent State situation & the war in Vietnam;

5. education as a means of truly healing the wounds that remain at Kent State and as a result of the war in Vietnam, including projects to benefit surviving Vietnam veterans & their families;

6. projects to benefit the parents & families of student martyrs at Kent State, Jackson State and elsewhere--as well as efforts to maintain effective communication and respectful relations with other victims of excessive force;

7. establishment of memorial educational scholarships in tribute to student martyrs at Kent State, Jackson State & other universities;

8. establishment of educational scholarships at Kent State University to support tuition & housing needs of members of the May 4 Task Force educational student organization in order to facilitate future annual May 4 commemoration events;

9. construction of significant memorials in tribute to student martyrs and/or victims of the war in Vietnam either in the city of Kent, Ohio, or on the Kent State University campus;

10. creation of a permanent, comprehensive educational center in Kent, Ohio.


KENT MAY 4 CENTER is recognized as a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational charity according to section 501(c)(3) of the United States tax code by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 1989.

All donations to facilitate the above-mentioned goals of KENT MAY 4 CENTER are therefore tax-exempt according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


Please consider sending a tax-exempt donation in support of any or all of the above goals of KENT MAY 4 CENTER. If you prefer, please specify which particular goal you choose to support.


Tax-exempt donations may be mailed to:


P.O.Box 3313
Kent, OH 44240