Today in history: May 14, 1970 - The Jackson State killings occurred at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University), a Historically Black College in Jackson, Mississippi.
A group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. The police opened fire, killing two students, Phillip Gibbs and James Earl Green, and injuring twelve. More than 140 rounds were fired by a reported 40 state highway patrolmen using shotguns at about 30 to 50 feet. Every window on the narrow side of the building on Lynch Street was blown out.
The Jackson State killings happened only 10 days after National Guardsmen killed four students in similar protests at Kent State University in Ohio. Despite the similarities of the two incidents, the Jackson State killings received less attention than the Kent State killings.
(image: Phillip Gibbs and James Earl Green, killed at Jackson State)
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