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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:13pm

Sherrod To Accept Courage Award

A state senator is honoring Shirley Sherrod, the former Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign her position after being falsely accused of making racist comments.

Sen. Robert Brown of Macon will present the inaugural Hosie Miller Courage Award to Sherrod on Tuesday. The award is named after Sherrod's father, a farmer from Baker County.

Last year, a conservative blogger posted a video excerpt of a speech Sherrod gave to the NAACP, when she described how a white farmer came to her asking for help to save his family farm. The excerpt omitted the moral of the story, that poverty was the issue
in rural development, not race.

The presentation coincides with Rural Black Family Day.

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