Tamir Rice was born on June 25, 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest of four children. Tamir loved to be with his brothers and sisters, and had a smile that would brighten any room. Tamir also loved the arts. The process of creative self-expression brought him joy.
In 2014, the murder of 12- year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of Cleveland Police stunned the Nation. To uplift Tamir's memory and service his legacy, his mother, Ms. Samaria Rice, founded the Tamir Rice Foundation in 2016. Under Ms. Rice's leadership, the foundation advocates for youth and families, with its core initiative — The Tamir Rice Afrocultural Center — serving as an enriching space to keep children safe from unjust harm.