Stephanie Danes Smith no longer works for the CIA. She is one of the most active advocates of truth and Justice for the Kent State Massacre in Kent. Her detractors are a small group of complainers who have claimed the mantle of ownership of everything May 4 and are attempting to replace the voices of the vast majority of participants in the May 4 Movement. This small group are squarely against the wishes of the families of the wounded and murdered students (less Laurel Krause), those who teach about May 4 in the University, the May 4 Visitor Center, the May 4th Task Force who has organized commemorations since 1975 and the hundreds of us who have helped organize the commemorations over many decades.
Professor Smith has done more in the past three years to advance the truth about Kent State then any of her detractors in the same time period, and instead have to waged a petty social media campaign against her and the the vast, vast majority of the May 4 movement, who have been struggling for years for Truth and Justice while Ms. Krause has tossed her wrath at everyone in the movement who has not toed her conspiratorial line,
Here are some testimonials given to Ms Smith by her students (those who will carry on the banner of Truth and Justice when those of us in the May 4, 1970 movement pass)
[ Madi Baughman
For the past 3 years I can clearly remember all the times you have invited your students to attend events commemorating May 4th and how much of an advocate you have been. Your dedication and passion shines through everything you do and I am so sorry some people don’t see this.
[ Olivia Eastly ]I am so angry that anyone questioned your dedication to May 4. This is unbelievably wrong. You’ve inspired countless students to become activists in your name. Anyone who has questioned your character, actions or past clearly doesn’t know you. You consistently educate your students on May 4 and encourage them to share that information with others. Many students would not know about “Fire in the Heartland” without you. I would like to see what any of the people who are happy about your resignation have done for May 4.
[ Amanda MH ] Sadly, as so often happens, staunchly held opinions about an organization or concept eclipse any rational thought. People cannot accept the idea that a devoted, compassionate public servant who loves this country—also loves Kent State and is passionate in her efforts to not let the the story, people, and lessons of May 4th be forgotten—might be more than the boogeyman they have made every employee of that organization out to be.
[ Alexsandra Nilges ] Who do we need to petition? Not a single one of my professors took the time to talk about May 4th with us aside from you. I am one who would have never attended a fire in the heartland showing without you, and we know it is now one of my favorite movies. You would’ve done an incredible job, and I know in true character you will still be in attendance and support.
[ Kylie Boyer ] You are the ONLY professor in my time at Kent State who talked about May 4th and got students to be involved. This is dumb. I’m so sorry.
[ Madison MacArthur ] This is beyond upsetting because I’ve never had a professor as passionate about May 4 within my classes as you. I know how much this meant and I am so sorry that you had to step down. I’ve never had a professor that pushes for her students to care the way you do. You deserved this more than anyone.