Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jackson State, May 14, 1970

photo: Laying of commemorative wreath at Jackson State University, May 2015. photo credit: Jackson State University.

On May 14, 1970, ten days after the shootings at Kent State University in Ohio, police responding to student demonstrations at Jackson State College in Mississippi fired over 400 shots into a women's dormitory. Every window in the building facing the attacking police was broken.

Two young black men were killed--Phillip L. Gibbs, a junior, and James Earl Green, a high school student.


NPR report Whitney Blair Wyckoff, "A Tragedy Widely Forgotten," NPR, May 3, 2010.

Jackson State University. "45 Years Later: Ghost of Police Brutality Lingers Nationwide as JSU Remembers Gibbs-Green Tragedy."

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