Eleven days after Kent State University shootings, white police killed two black students and wounded at least nine others at Jackson State College in Jackson, Miss.
Anger over the Ohio shootings, the Vietnam War and racial tensions had parts of the city on edge. On May 14, 1970, about 100 students at the historically black school had gathered near a busy street that cut through campus. There had been protests about white motorists who allegedly taunted black college students.
After local and state police arrived, the students moved toward a women’s dorm. Just after midnight, a thrown bottle smashed amid the police, who fired more than 140 shots at the dorm. Killed were Phillip Gibbs, 21, a Jackson State junior, and James Green, 17, a local high school senior who was walking through campus.