White supremacist Richard Spencer wants to speak on May 4 at Kent State

January 18, 2018 GMT

White supremacist Richard Spencer wants to speak on May 4 at Kent State

KENT, Ohio - White supremacist Richard Spencer wants to speak at Kent State University on May 4, the 48th anniversary of the day in 1970 when the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four people and wounding nine.

Spencer’s attorney, Kyle Bristow, said in a Tweet that Cameron Padgett, a Georgia State University student who submits requests for Spencer, is seeking to rent space on campus on May 4.

Today @CameronVPadgett requested to rent for 5/4/18 the publicly available Student Multicultural Center on the campus of Kent State University. He is planning to speak and will invite @RichardBSpencer + @mikeenochsback to talk about Antifa thuggery + how universities can respond. pic.twitter.com/tcilKCGIFL— Kyle Bristow ?? (@KyleBristow) January 17, 2018


University spokesman Eric Mansfield said Kent State is reviewing the request.

“The event must occur on Friday, May 4, for my purposes, because I plan to invite a number of guest speakers - including Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute and Michael Peinovich of The Right Stuff,” Padgett’s email to the university said, according to a copy published by the student website kentwired.com.

Spencer helped coin the term “alt-right” to describe a movement characterized by racist, anti-Semitic and white nationalist views.

Spencer’s requests to appear on campuses have led to concerns about how to provide security while not violating First Amendment rights. At a “Unite the Right” rally last August at the University of Virginia, torch-wielding followers of Spencer marched the grounds chanting Nazi refrains.

The next day, a woman died in Charlottesville after a white nationalist drove into a crowd of counterprotesters.

There were protestors and a few scuffles when Spencer spoke at the University of Florida in October. The university spent about $500,000 on security.

Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Cincinnati on one of three possible dates in March 2018 - all during UC’s spring break, cincinnati.com reported.

A news release from Bristow, who represents Padgett, said Spencer will speak March 14 in Zimmer Auditorium, a 400-seat lecture hall, the website reported.

He has sued universities, including Ohio State University and Michigan State University, that have refused to let him speak.

An agreement was reached with Michigan State on Thursday, freep.com reported.


Spencer will speak for two hours on March 5, the university and Spencer’s lawyers have agreed. That is the first day of MSU’s spring break.

Ohio State, which was sued last October, has cited safety concerns in turning down a request for Spencer to speak on Nov. 15.

“The university values freedom of speech,” the latest letter to Spencer’s lawyer stated. “Nonetheless the university has determined that it is not presently able to accommodate Mr. Padgett’s request... due to substantial disruption to the work and discipline of the University,” the student newspaper The Lantern reported.