#May4Matters at Murray State University Libraries

Father Martin Mattingly of St. Leo Catholic  Church
Father Martin Mattingly of St. Leo Catholic Church [undated]
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 information panel on May 13, 1970 ('The Murray State News', vol. 45, issue 22)
The information panel on May 13, 1970 (‘The Murray State News’, vol. 45, issue 22)

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.

Please take the time to look over the different articles and photographs and share comments and questions.

#May4Matters

Peaceful protest on the Court Square in Murray, KY [undated] (Prof. Alice McCampbell, History Dept. to the left of historical marker and car)
Peaceful protest on the Court Square in Murray, KY [undated] (Prof. Alice McCampbell, History Dept. to the left of historical marker and car)
Front page of 'The Murray State News' (May 15, 1970, Vol. 45, Issue 22)
Front page of ‘The Murray State News’ (May 15, 1970, vol. 45, issue 22)
Opinion piece from alternative newspaper, 'Dawn'
Opinion piece from alternative newspaper, ‘Dawn’
All photos are from the Department of Journalism and Communication Unidentified Photographs collection. 
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