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NU to screen documentary on deadly protests at Kent State, Jackson State

“Fire in the Heartland,” a documentary on the deadly protests in May 1970 at Kent State and Jackson State universities, will screen 6 p.m. March 25 in the multipurpose room of Niagara University’s Galllagher Center.

Kent State’s antiwar protest resulted in the deaths of four students when 13 people were shot by the National Guard at the Ohio campus.

Eleven days later, at Jackson State in Mississippi, two students died when 14 people were shot by city and state police during a protest targeting the Vietnam war and racism,

Both shootings led to widespread protests on campuses nationwide and at the nation’s capital.

Tom Grace, who was one of the people shot at Kent State, will introduce the film. The event is being hosted by the Black Student Union.