Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation Inc presents 2017 Two Steps Forward a Dance to Heal The Soul Awards. Honoring Fathers and Siblings that have taken the pain of losing a loved one to violence and turned into positive service to promote peace. Theses are people in the community who are fighting against oppression, exhibiting exemplary service, providing community service without getting paid, and consistent courageous contributions.
The Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy Foundation was formed in honor and loving memory of Tayshana Dejenea “Chicken” Murphy. Tayshana was a high school basketball star and basketball playground legend who on the early morning of September 11th met her physical demise by two executioners. The reason for creating this foundation is to add on her legacy in which her spirit will live forever as well as serve at risk teens likely to be victims of violence.
“We come together despite how difficult it is”, exclaims Constance Malcolm mother of slain Ramarley Graham.
District leader Geoffrey A. Davis.
Jackie Rowe Adam’s Granddaughter Shamika.
Bishop Carl Fuller
Taylonn states, “Our Pain has brought us together to fight for social change. I was extremely honored to share the stage tonight with those who were honoured.”
Akeem Browder has been in the forefront in making certain that his brother Kalief Browder’s story be heard and told. The criminal justice system tragically failed 16-year-old Kalief Browder, who spent three years in Rikers Island jail awaiting trial two of those years in solitary confinement after being arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. The case was never prosecuted, the charges were ultimately dropped, and Browder committed suicide after his release.
Akeem is also on the battle grounds of “Raising the Age.” New York State has recently ended a decade-long injustice by raising the age of criminal responsibility, ensuring that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit non-violent crimes are processed as juveniles in the State’s justice system. New York was previously one of only two states in the nation that automatically processed all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults.