BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) A group founded by a beloved activists held one of it’s first galas without it’s champion. Sunday they celebrated her life and the causes she held dear.
“We are just reminding people of the great work she has done,” Joseph’s niece Pat McCallister LeDuff said. Aside from Joseph, the gala celebrated the people who selflessly volunteer and never ask for recognition.
Joseph started the Community Against Drugs and Violence in 1993 after losing her nephew to an accidental shooting. “From there is where we started to educate on gun violence, our community at that time was infested with crime,” LeDuff said. Joseph’s family remembers she always had a special connection with children, especially those who didn’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods.
“It takes a village to raise a child, and we used to all be close knit, your neighbor looked out for you, and you looked out for your neighbor, and that’s what she continued to believe, and push for and put out in the community,” LeDuff said.
Those who are doing work similar to Joseph, received an “Unsung Heroes” award. “She was always busy and always doing something, but we had no clue that her wings spread so wide across the nation,” LeDuff said.
Joseph believed that things could only be achieved if we worked together. “We have to find common ground, and we have to find a way to come together, to build on what we have here,” Joseph’s daughter Angela Machen said.