Profile Response: Linda Lipka, City Council member, Ferguson, MO

HWWLT Logo on yellowNine years ago Linda Lipka’s daughter was killed in an auto accident on I-70 near Columbia. The following day she received six college scholarship offers. Linda and her husband turned that tragic irony to good advantage by establishing a scholarship fund to worthy Ferguson youth in their daughter’s name. Four years ago a good friend’s twenty-year-old son was shot in Saint Louis. The McGartland family also set up a scholarship found. The twin funds often raise money together.

One fundraiser is The Taste of Ferguson, (, where over a thousand people sample food from area restaurants and caterers to raise money for the Robbie McGartland and Samantha Lipka Memorial Scholarship Fund. “We started doing this before August 2014, but it is more important than ever now. It shows Ferguson at its best.”

img_7246 screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-41-45-amLinda’s family has lived in Ferguson since the 1940’s. In April 2016 she was elected to the City Council. “I am not a council member. I am an advocate for the people who has a title.”

“Never underestimate the power of a smile. When my daughter died 2000 people showed up at her funeral. One girl I didn’t know came up and told me that Samantha was always nice to her, always had a smile for her, when no one else did. A single smile can save the world.”

How will we live tomorrow?

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-40-41-am“What I’ve been learning is that the lessons of the past have to be respected to give hope to our future. Take what we learn, acknowledge the anger, leave it behind. Keep what each of us has to contribute to the solution.”


About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to Profile Response: Linda Lipka, City Council member, Ferguson, MO

  1. Gorman, Cleo says:

    What a timely post!


  2. Pingback: Everything Wrong with this Country in a Year, a Week, and a Day | The Awkward Pose

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