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On This Day in IUPUI History: May 8, 1970

May 8, 1970. 

The Indianapolis Star of May 9, 1970, reported that students of IUPUI's Herron School of Art "continued an around-the-clock silent vigil in memory of the Kent State" University students shot and killed by National Guard troops on May 4. The report followed the IUPUI student rally and march the day before against the war in Southeast Asia and the United States' role in it. The newspaper added that cases against the several persons arrested during the march for unfurling Viet Cong flags in violation of a city ordinance prohibiting the display of "inflammatory" signs or banners had moved to municipal court. One case of disorderly conduct during the march was dismissed for lack of evidence.

The newspaper reported that rallies, marches, and classroom strikes by students continued on college campuses around the state. In the following days, violent incidents occurred on campuses across the United States. Many students protested the foreign policies of the U.S. government.

Herron students sketching, 1970 UA24-003383

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Updated May 08, 2019 by Editor Name Missing