Orin Langelle is co-founder of Global Justice Ecology Project and Board Chair. He has been shooting photos of the movement for social change for forty years. Langelle’s first professional photo assignment (St. Louis Outlaw) was covering the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, FL. It nominated the incumbents Richard M. Nixon for President and Spiro T. Agnew for Vice President.
This photo is from one of the many protests against the Vietnam war during the Convention. It concerns the tragedy at Kent State University when on May 4, 1970 members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine. The impact of the shootings was dramatic. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close.
This Friday, May 4, is the forty-second year since the murders at Kent State.
The Republicans will meet again in Florida this year for their Convention, forty years later after the major protests in Miami Beach.