The Lafayette community got an uplifting visit from one of the founding members of the legendary music group, the Jackson 5, on Saturday.
Marlon Jackson stopped in town to host a fundraiser for the KABOOM Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps build playgrounds for children in underserved areas.
Jackson was a welcome break for the Acadiana community, which is still reeling from Thursday’s attack on The Grand Theatre which left three people dead, including the gunman, and nine others wounded.
Jackson helps raise money for causes like the KABOOM effort through his own Study Peace Foundation. The Marlon Jackson Study Peace Foundation’s mission is to promote peace and unity in communities worldwide.
Members of the committee that were hosting the event said it had been planned sometime ago, but it was one way for people to come together and do something good. The group is currently planning a playground in the 7th Ward in New Orleans.
“I think it just brings our state together,” said Jennifer Jackson (no relation to Marlon) a member of the host committee. “It’s great to see these people get together to help another city. It will give kids a place to play. It reminds me about the best part of our lives. As kids we love to play. I think we are still in shock, but it was timely because it helps brings our community together, to be proactive and come together.”
During Saturday’s presentation, Marlon Jackson and committee members observed a moment of silence and then prayer for the victim’s of Thursday attack.