On May 13, 1970, Murray State University President Harry M. Sparks stood before more than 1,000 students to moderate an “information session” on the Vietnam War. The purpose of the information session was to give Murray State students a better understanding of the “southeast Asian war.”
The students at Murray State did not resort to violence like many of the other universities in the country. Instead, a very small population of students participated in a “folkmass for peace in southeast Asia” and a candlelight march. The newspaper clippings and photos from the Special Collections & Archives at Forrest C. Pogue Library show that there was a small number of students that were active in the protest movement, but that most of the students at Murray State chose not to get involved.
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