Welcome To Alan Canfora’s Website

My name is Alan Canfora. At Kent State University on May 4, 1970, until a bullet pierced my right wrist, I waved my black flag of despair and anger only 10 days after I attended the funeral of my childhood friend who was killed in the Vietnam War.

Click the image to the right for a large image of the iconic photo of Alan Canfora & black flag.

Somehow I survived the surreal Kent State massacre when four of my fellow-students were killed and eight others injured when the Ohio National Guard was ordered to “FIRE!” their weapons into our distant anti-war demonstration.

I lived to fight another day and to lead our longstanding May 4 Movement for truth and justice in Kent, Ohio, where I remain active today in 2020 and recognized by many as the leading expert about all aspects of the misunderstood Kent State 1970 tragedy.



Alan Canfora is a survivor of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, and is recognized as a leading expert regarding the Kent State tragedy, the history of American student activism, and political organizing. He has remained politically aware and active his entire adult life to the present day.

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