Shirley Sherrod told The Birmingham News on Saturday that she plans to meet with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Tuesday to discuss a job offer.
The former USDA rural development director for Georgia was forced to resign from her post last month after blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a portion of a speech she gave earlier this year to a local chapter of the NAACP. In the excerpt, Sherrod recounts thinking twice about helping a white farmer. Breitbart deliberately left out the portion of the video that featured Sherrod’s confession of conviction and a change of heart.
Ultimately, Sherrod helped the farmer and a friendship developed.
Sherrod was at an event hosted by the Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund in Epes, Ala., where she announced her plans to meet with Vilsack.
Ben Jealous, executive director of the NAACP, appeared on a panel with Sherrod on Saturday as well.
The Washington Post reported,
Sherrod is due to visit Washington early next week and has hired publicists to help her with the barrage of continued media requests.
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