“She was the one that loved life” friends of Sadie Roberts-Joseph remembers her as an icon


On a flower in front of the African American History museum founded by Sadie Roberts-Joseph, sits a heartfelt message.

“She was the one that loved life , loved communicating, talking, loved giving you your own history so when you left her your head was high” said Mike McClanahan, President of Louisiana’s NAACP.

Last week, the beloved 75-year-old’s body was found in the trunk of her car.

McClanahan said “We’ve got to the point where life doesn’t matter, we devalue life and anytime we take the life of someone who give their life to ensure all succeeded we’ve fallen to an all new low so when I heard the news, I said wow.”

The news of her death sent shock waves throughout the Baton Rouge community, then, across the country. Many people took to social media, even turning her name into a hashtag.

“She fulfilled life. She used every ounce of her being on earth to fulfill her purpose and that was to ensure everyone knew about where they came from, where they were heading and just to show you just a little bit more love.”

While the person behind her murder remains a mystery, for now. The community she served for decades will always remember her as an icon.

“Whether I saw her early in the morning or late in the afternoon when she had a full day it was always the same. She spoke quietly, eloquently and you knew that you were in the presence of someone special.”

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