Remembering Kalief Browder – The New Yorker

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Bronx Community College representatives held a press conference announcing the establishment of the Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship, Bronx Community College.

Kalief Browder, who was arrested at the age of sixteen for stealing a backpack, spent three years awaiting trial on Rikers Island. For almost two of those years, he was held in solitary confinement. After his release, he enrolled at Bronx Community College but struggled with paranoia and delusions. Browder committed suicide on June 6, 2015.

This morning’s announcement took place on the steps of Gould Memorial Library, 2155 University Avenue in the Bronx.

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