Southern University System Board of Supervisors presents resolution to family of Sadie Roberts Joseph


The Southern University System Board of Supervisors Friday presented a resolution to the family of the late Sadie Roberts Joseph, an alumna of Southern University Baton Rouge and revered community activist.

The resolution outlined the commitment of Roberts Joseph to both her family and the city of Baton Rouge. These commitments included founding the city’s Odell S. Williams Museum of African American History. She also founded CADV Inc. (Community Against Drugs and Violence), a civic organization based in North Baton Rouge. 

Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of her own car July 12 just three miles away from her home.

Autopsy reports later confirmed she was suffocated before being placed in the trunk.

The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 38-year-old Ronn Jermaine Bell in her killing. He is charged with First Degree Murder.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, July 22. It starts at 10 a.m. at Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Ave. in Baton Rouge. A viewing begins at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public. The church is requesting people where church attire.

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