Shirley Sherrod, former U.S.D.A. Georgia State Director of Rural Development, was fired from her job in July, 2010, after a conservative blogger published clips from a speech she had made several months earlier that were misconstrued as reverse racism. In her memoir, Sherrod shares what it was like to be in the center of a very public debate and how growing up in segregated Georgia during the Civil Rights movement helped prepare her for the firestorm.
Shirley Sherrod lectures nationally on issues of importance to middle class families, the poor and small communities. She promotes empowerment strategies for economically and socially disadvantaged people and runs educational projects for struggling farmers.
Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM leads the conversation with Shirley Sherrod.