In a previous board of supervisor's meeting, founder and president of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation Freddie White-Johnson presented a request to the board for a donation.
Monday the supervisors approved the request and agreed to donate $5,000 to the foundation to further aid it with outreach services.
Board Attorney Linda Coleman presented the order after much legal consideration.
"After researching, I found that the county could give up to one mill — worth $245,000 in this county. The counting is currently at $135,000 in terms of the things that you all contribute to advertising and other county resources," said Coleman.
Although Supervisor Donny Whitten was not present when Johnson presented her request, he was convinced to approve the motion because the entire board seemed to have an array of complements about the foundation.
"This lady helps individuals get free screenings. This lady works hard especially in Bolivar County. You all need to remember that men get breast cancer too," said Supervisor Preston Billings.
"Let's go on record by donating money to this foundation," he added.
"I think we will be helping a good cause. The foundation has helped a lot of people in Bolivar County that have been stricken with cancer. I have seen first hand the amount of work that the foundation has done," said Supervisor Larry King.
Supervisor James McBride said, "If it was up to me, I would give the foundation $5 million. I know what it is like to deal with cancer and this lady has helped so many people in Bolivar County."
Freddie White-Johnson founded the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation in 2005.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit, volunteer awareness, independent, community-supported charitable organization dedicated to the eradication of cancer in Mississippi, particularly in the Mississippi Delta, through education, support services, research, and advocacy.
The Foundation honors the memory of Ruleville native Fannie Lou Hamer who "shook the foundation of this Nation" with her courage, determination and willingness to undergo great personal sacrifices as an authentic voice of those who were impoverished and disenfranchised.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation is committed to preventing cancer in the Mississippi Delta by increasing awareness and establishing a public agenda for the prevention of cancer.