Young later said that what happened at Kent State was “probably the biggest lesson ever learned at an American place of learning.”
The following year the Isley Brothers included “Ohio” on their album Givin’ It Back. The Isleys version was taken at a slower, more ominous pace than the original, opening with a funereal drumbeat and featuring the intense guitar work of Ernie Isley. Their passion is evident as they put their own stamp on Young’s powerful anthem.
May 4, 1970 is a day that should never be forgotten. It was a day that the government of the United States turned its guns on its own citizens. It happened once, and must not be allowed to ever happen again. This year it feels more important than ever to mark the anniversary.
The names of the dead:
Jeffrey Miller – 20 years-old
Allison Krause – 19 years-old
William Schroeder – 19 years-old
Sandra Lee Scheuer – 20 years-old