May 4, 1970
About the Artist
REMEMBER KENT STATE-MAY 4, 1970
This button was originally created in
April of 1987 in collaboration with Alan Canfora, one of the 9 students wounded at Kent
State on May 4, 1970. This button is the centerpiece of the series.
...FLOWERS ARE BETTER THAN BULLETS...MAY
Allison Krause called out these words to an Ohio National
Guardsman on May 3, 1970, after he ordered a private to remove a flower from the the
barrel of his rifle. This button was created in April of 1985.
The phrase on this
button, "the small metal pellets speed through the air, pausing occasionally to claim
another victim...he too asks why", was lifted from an anti-war poem, entitled Where
does it End?, written by Jeffrey
Miller at age 15. This button
was created in 1989.
LEARNING FROM THE PAST
"Learning from the
past is of prime consideration." is from a poem written by William Schroeder for his mother as a Mother's Day present in
1969. The graphics above the poem represent two books on war probably read by William as a
student of history and a member of the ROTC. This button was created in April of 1987.
WITH LOVE, SANDY
The last time
Sandra Scheuer's Mother visited her in Kent on May 2nd, 1970, Sandy commented she
wanted to bring all the lilacs that were beginning to bloom in her backyard into her
house. This button was created in April of 1987.
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About the Artist
Kendra Lee Hicks, the designer
of these buttons has been involved in May 4th activities since 1982. At this time she
played the part of Allison Krause in a theatre production entitled KENT STATE: A
REQUIEM produced and directed by Dr. Gregory Payne of Emerson College
in Boston, Massachusetts..
In 1986, Kendra moved to Ohio and while pursing her career volunteered a great
deal of her time and talents toward preserving the memory of May 4, 1970. Kendra attended
May 4 Task Force meetings, produced art work for the various commemorations including
banners, was responsible for setting up the vigil sites in Prentice Parking Lot from
1988 to 1999 and had the opportunity to meet with and become close friends with many
of the members of the May 4 families. The art work above has grown out of Kendra's
experiences with the May 4 movement over these years and reflects some the most intimate
and passionate moments of her life.
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