'Agents of Social Change: Channeling our Voices for Justice'

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Join Dr. Maysa Akbar and Akeem Browder for a very important discussion around the criminal justice system, social emotional learning, urban trauma and learn about the powerful story of Kalief Browder. Kalief Browder was arrested at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack. Charged as an adult, Kalief could not afford the $3,000 bail set on his freedom. He was imprisoned for over 1,000 days on Rikers Island without trail, spending 400 of those days in solitary confinement. He was starved, beaten and abused by guards and inmates. Three years after his arrest, Kalief's charges were dismissed and he was released due to lack of evidence. He committed suicide two years later at the age of 22. Kalief sacrificed his childhood and, untimely, his life. His tragic case was a watershed event of activist calling for reform of the New York criminal justice system.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Department of Residence Life.


The 64 Days of Nonviolence officially begins each year on January 30, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, and ends on April 4, the day we commemorate Dr. King. In our sixteenth annual observation of the 64 Days at Southern Connecticut State University, we continue to celebrate the peace and justice heritage in many of our cultures and heritages, including our observation of Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian/Pacific Heritage Month.




Yi-Chun Tricia Lin 林怡君

Phone: 2033926133