A Bronx street corner has been renamed in honor of the late Kalief Browder on what would have been his 24th birthday.
“Kalief Browder Way” was unveiled on Thursday by community leaders and family members on the northwest corner of East 181st Street and Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.
At 22 years-old Browder took his own life due to the many traumatizing events he experienced while being wrongly imprisoned at Rikers Island.
His case sparked a nationwide campaign to close Rikers Island — as well as inspired Jay Z to produce “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary on the Spike network about his life.
Browder was just 16 years-old when he was jailed after a teen accused him of robbing him of his backpack in May 2010. Browder spend three years at Rikers after his family couldn’t make his $3,000 bail. While locked up, he was beaten by guards and spent 400 days in solitary confinement before the charges against him were finally dropped.
After his death, the city ended solitary confinement for people younger than 21 years old and announced a plan to move 16- and 17-year-olds off Rikers Island for good.
His mom, Venida Browder, died in last October from complications of a heart attack of a broken heart.
— NYC Council (@NYCCouncil) May 25, 2017
After several tries, here is the big unveiling of Kalief Browder Way on the corner of E.181 St. & Prospect Ave. pic.twitter.com/hRGCK0EQAt
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) May 25, 2017