As an important civic leader, honorary consul for Pakistan and Morocco, and freedom fighter since the early 1950s, Joanne King Herring is an acknowledged prime mover in bringing a just end to the Cold War. And with the close of the Cold War, Mrs. Herring played a material role in ending the threat of nuclear annihilation that had hung over the world for decades. Joanne Herring has played a critical role for peace in world history rivaled by few, man or woman.
Mrs. Herring has worked tirelessly in creating and implementing many peace activities during the 1980s, especially in helping U.S. government and other world authorities to enable the Mujahideen resistance fighters effectively to prevail over the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan. These activities were so significant that a remarkable book was written about the process, including Mrs. Herring’s key role, by 60 Minutes Producer George Crile.
In 2009, Mrs. Herring founded Marshall Plan Charities, committed to redeveloping normal, healthy civilian life in Afghanistan, village by village with clean water, food, health care, schools, and jobs.
Mrs. Herring continues to commit herself idealistically to the cause of world peace and humanitarian welfare.
The Samaritan Medal Foundation hereby recognizes and honors Joanne King Herring as a “Good Samaritan” due the respect of the Ancient Israelite Samaritan Community in Israel and all those who are committed to Peace, and hereby award Joanne King Herring as a 2012 recipient of the Samaritan Medal for Peace.