Society Hill proclamation salutes former Gov. Beasley

Former S.C. Governor David Beasley

From Staff Reports

Society Hill Town Council last week passed a proclamation saluting Lamar native and Society Hill resident David Beasley for the Nobel Prize recently awarded to the hunger-fighting group he leads. Beasley, a former S.C. governor, last month accepted the Nobel on behalf of the U.N. World Food Programme, of which he is executive director. Society Hill Mayor Tommy Bradshaw said the town will have the proclamation framed and will try to present it to Beasley in person if that can be arranged. The proclamation says: “Whereas, Darlington County native David Muldrow Beasley and his family have had a long association with the Town of Society Hill, South Carolina; and “Whereas, David represented his community in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1979 to 1992; and “Whereas, David served the state of South Carolina as governor from 1995 to 1999, placing his determination to represent the interests of all the state’s citizens above his own political career, and receiving the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2003 for his efforts; and “Whereas, David was appointed executive director of the World Food Programme in March 2017 from among 23 candidates, by U.N. Secretary General António Guterres and director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Jose Graziano de Silva; and “Whereas, the World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and helping people who are recovering from violent conflict, natural disasters and the impact of climate change; and “Whereas, David has personally worked to assist refugees from Syria, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sudan, and to work toward peace and prosperity through food assistance; and “Whereas, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 to the World Food Programme for its efforts to combat hunger, to improve conditions for peace in war-torn areas, and to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict; and “Whereas, the Town of Society Hill is proud of its neighbor and outstanding ambassador of good will and charity throughout the world as exemplified by Governor David Muldrow Beasley; and “Now, therefore, be it resolved by the governing body of the Town of Society Hill, South Carolina, the Town Council, do hereby proclaim the appreciation of the Town for the example Governor David M. Beasley has set for the people of our state, country and the entire world. We urge the residents of Society Hill to enter the new year with a determination to honor and emulate his commitment to others.”

Author: Rachel Howell

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