The iconic hip-hop artist and media mogul is being honored for his commitment to "shedding light on the issues that plague the black community."
Presumption of innocence and impassioned defense of it are privileges we give only to a select few.
Browder spent three years at Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime.
“I lost my mother, I lost my brother. I have nothing left to lose,” he told HuffPost.
Remembering Kalief Browder: The State Of Youth In Adult Jails And Prisons Two-Years After Kalief Browder’s Death
Unfortunately, these reforms come too late for Kalief.
He would have turned 24 this May.
Browder's mom knew her son's imprisonment was the result of an unjust system. His dad thought otherwise.
"Rikers Island is a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem."
"You can’t continue to say you’re a national progressive leader and have a torture island in your own backyard."
The two first met after Browder was released from Rikers Island.
He was just 16 years old when he was plucked off the streets of the Bronx and thrown in jail.