This week, Statehouse Report asked, “What are these guys doing?”
In 1969, U.S. Senator “Fritz” Hollings embarked on a crusade to bring attention to the prevalence of hunger among South Carolina’s poor. With the help of I. DeQuincey Newman (pictured here in his trademark derby hat) and other local leaders, Hollings toured the poorest areas throughout the state. He focused national attention on “bleak, hunger and hovel-housing amidst disease and ignorance.” Journalist Lee Bandy praised Hollings’ courage in confronting this politically risky issue– “If political awards for courage were available, Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., would certainly be in line for such an honor today” (The State, c. Feb. 1969). Hollings’ first book, The Case Against Hunger, was published in 1970 and details the cost of hunger.
Photo with caption originally appeared in the April 16, 2010 issue of the Statehouse Report.