Courage Award given to Lafayette mother - KLFY News 10

Courage Award given to Lafayette mother

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Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's legacy of non-violence rings true even today. One year ago, about a block from Lafayette's Martin Luther King Center Linda Melancon's son was shot. Jardon "Chuck" Melancon later died.

Since then, Linda has tried to encourage others to steer clear of violence. Recognizing her efforts, the Lafayette City-Parish Council presented Linda with an Act of Courage Award. "We want his death to be a memory and to help others.  I wouldn't want another mother to go through what I went through," says Melancon.

"Taking her tragedy, which was something so difficult that her family has experienced, and turning it into triumph," says MLK Day Holiday Committee member Kenneth Boudreaux.  Chris Waters, of Lafayette is the organizer of "Peace for MLK." Waters attended the celebration to spread a message he hopes others will follow.
 
Waters knows acts of violence are a far cry from what the civil rights leader represented.  In fact, people say Sunday's MLK parade had its fair share of unrelated fights along the parade route; fights that waters and doesn't' want to see happen again. "There's a need and where there's a need that need must be met; and pretty much we're asking everybody to do in whatever way they can to support the movement for peace."
 
"We have our ups and downs.  We have our good days and our bad days, but we're making it through and he's in a better place," adds Melancon.

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