Ousted Ag Department Official Shirley Sherrod to Address NABJ Convention Thursday

By: E&P Staff

Shirley Sherrod — the U.S. Agriculture Dept. official who  was first forced out of her job by the White House for comments on an edited video clip and then invited back by an apologetic administration — is scheduled to speak at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention Thursday.

Sherrod was director of rural development in Georgia for the department when politically conservative blogger Andrew Breibart posted video that appeared to show her recounting how she refused to do all she could to help a white farmer because of his race. The administration quickly demanded her resignation. But it soon developed that the clip had been edited to strip out the context of those remarks, in which Sherrod emphasizes that race cannot be a factor in assisting farmers. The department apologized and she was offered another job, which she has so far refused.

NABJ said Breibart was invited to appear at the conference as well. The association said he initially accepted the invitation but later declined.

NABJ is holding is 35th annual convention in San Diego from Wednesday through Sunday Aug. 1.

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