BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – The community continues to mourn the loss of local civil rights icon, Sadie Roberts-Joseph.
Her murder rocked the community to it’s core, but even in her death her spirit continues to live on in the hearts of many.
In this week’s Louisiana Women we take a look back at the life and legacy of Mrs. Sadie Roberts-Joseph.
Roberts-Joseph dedicated her life to serving others and bringing unity to our community.
“There’s so much, so much violence and so much hatred. So we’re trying to send the message of love and of peace,” said Roberts-Joseph during an interview at a Juneteenth event in 2018.
Her message of peace didn’t go noticed.
“She never showed up without smiling and saying here’s a positive way to deal with something,” said Fairleigh Jackson, Executive Director of Preserve Louisiana.
Roberts-Joseph was a local civil rights icon, but to many she was just sweet Mrs. Sadie.
“She fulfilled life. She used every ounce of her being on earth and that was to ensure that everyone knew where they came from and where they were headed,” said Michael McClanahan, President of the Baton Rouge NAACP.
She worked to make sure the Baton Rouge community embraced diversity, cultural and togetherness.
The fruits of her labor were later recognized through the opening of
Baton Rouge’s African American History Museum.
“The Odell S. Williams Museum of African American History didn’t just focus on African Americans, it didn’t just focus on Africans. It focused on how diversity has contributed, how multiple sources have came together to make this country the great place that it is,” said Angela Machen, Roberts-Joseph daughter.
Her dedication to inclusiveness and peace didn’t stop there.
“Talk about the need for unity and talk about how through education and knowledge that we can come together,” said Roberts-Joseph at a local event in 2018.
She hosted numerous events over the years that not only celebrated African American cultural, but also brought together people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
She worked so hard. She pushed. She got everything that she could out of the 75 years that she lived,” said Machen.
Even in the wake of her tragic death, her message of hope will live on in the hearts of our community forever.
“The dream lives on and let there be peace and let it begin with me,” said Roberts-Joseph at a MLK Day event in 2017.