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A Bronx Street Has Been Renamed After Kalief Browder On His Birthday

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    Kalief Browderís story is still one of the darkest tales in the history of the American prison system.

    After committing suicide at just 22 years old, the young man who served three years at Rikers Island (although he was never convicted), received a beautiful posthumous birthday gift this year. On Wednesday, officials announced that a Bronx street corner will be renamed in Browderís honor.

    According to reports, the corner 181st St. and Prospect Ave. will now be named ďKalief Browder Way.Ē His family joined both elected officials and activists at the newly renamed corner on Thursday. Browderís treatment at Rikerís Island, which resulted in his suicide, sparked a national conversation about shutting down the notorious prison.

    Kalief was 16 years old when he was accused of stealing a backpack, but because his family could not afford the $3,000 bail, he was forced to stay in the jail, where he endured beatings and abuse, including 400 days in solitary confinement. Jay Z recently produced a docuseries detailing the late young manís life. The rapper even met Browder before he took his own life and his mom, who died in October due to complications from a heart attack ó or a broken heart, as some may say.

    By Kiyonna Anthony
    A Bronx Street Has Been Renamed After Kalief Browder On His Birthday