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Unique book signing pays tribute to Tamir Rice, benefits foundation

Posted at 11:48 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 11:48:23-04

CLEVELAND — A unique book signing in Cleveland Sunday paid special tribute to Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police in 2014 while he was playing with a toy gun outside the Cudell Recreation Center, and the work his mother has done since his death.

“Samaria Rice believes in arts in schools and for kids to learn in a way that's meaningful to them,” said Andratesha Fritzgerald, author of “Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning." “And so for our Black and brown children, we have to make sure we're getting the outcomes that best represent their ability and not the brokeness of the system."

Samaria Rice wrote the foreword to the book, which highlights the ways teachers can change instructional methods to bring better outcomes for Black and brown learners.

Fritzgerald signed copies of her book at the parking lot of the Garfield Memorial Church Sunday afternoon in a drive-in style book signing event.

Thanks to the community and the book’s publisher, the Tamir Rice Foundation is also getting a $4,000 donation to go towards after-school programs.