|When:||Back to Calendar » September 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm||Where:||Busboys and Poets -14th & V, Langston Room
2021 14th St NW
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Teaching for Change and Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcome Shirley Sherrod to discuss and sign her new book ”The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear.” Sherrod will be interviewed by Clarence Lusane, Howard University alumnus and author of the book ”The Black History of the White House.”
In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she had done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development. A right-wing blogger, the now late Andrew Breitbart, disseminated a video clip of a speech Sherrod had given to the Georgia NAACP, intending to make her an example of “reverse racism.” The right-wing media ramped up the outrage, and before Sherrod had a chance to defend herself, the Obama administration demanded her resignation from her appointed position as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture. Then, after hearing from Sherrod herself and learning the entire truth of what she had said in that speech, the administration tried to backtrack. As public officials and media professionals admitted to being duped and apologized for their rush to judgment, Sherrod found herself the subject of a teachable moment.
“The Courage to Hope” addresses this regrettable episode in American politics, but it also tells Sherrod’s own story of growing up on a farm in southwest Georgia during the final violent years of Jim Crow. As a child, she dreamed of leaving the South, but when her father was murdered by a white neighbor who was never brought to justice, Sherrod made a vow to stay in Georgia and commit herself to the cause of truth and racial healing. With her husband, Charles, a legend in the civil rights movement, she has devoted her life to empowering poor people and rural communities—Americans who are most in need.
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