KENT, OH (WOIO) - The mother of Tamir Rice, Samaria Rice, will be the keynote speaker at this year's annual commemoration of May 4, 1970 at Kent State University.
Tamir, 12, was fatally gunned down November 2014 by a Cleveland police officer while he was playing with a toy gun in a park near his house. The officer, Timothy Loehmann was not charged in his death.
Kent's annual commemoration, hosted by the May 4 Task Force, provides an opportunity for the university community to gather and remember those who were lost and injured during the tragedy and also reflect on what May 4 means today.
On May 4, 1970, students protesting America's invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War clashed with Ohio National Guardsmen. The guardsmen opened fire, killing four students and wounding nine others.
This year's theme for the May 4 commemoration is "Black Lives Matter: Long Live the Memory of Kent State and Jackson State".
"The May 4 Task Force has been talking all year about the significance of police violence to May 4 and of racial oppression to the histories of both the Kent State and Jackson State shootings," said Alan "Tré" Dufner, president of the May 4 Task Force and a junior philosophy major at Kent State.
The commemoration begins at noon on the Kent State Commons and includes a speech by Rice and a performance by a member of the Kent State Gospel Choir. Kent State President Beverly Warren also will speak.
A series of events have been organized by the May 4 Task Force and other campus organizations, including book discussions and signings, concerts and the annual candlelight walk, vigil and commemoration.
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