Shirley Sherrod To Meet With USDA Officials In DC Next Week

Ms. Sherrod Goes To Washington

Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department employee forced to resign after an edited video clip gave the false impression that she had discriminated against a white farmer, is coming to Washington next week to meet with USDA officials to discuss the job they offered her in the wake of the scandal.

Sherrod, who has been quietly mulling Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's offer last week to make her the deputy director of the office of advocacy and outreach at the USDA -- a definite promotion from her previous job as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the department -- is set to meet with officials at the USDA on August 24, sources close to Sherrod tell Huffington Post.

It is not clear if she will meet with Vilsack, whose apology she accepted in late July. Sherrod told CNN at the time: "I told him I appreciated the apology and I know that we need to move forward from here."

This weekend, Sherrod will break bread with another group that punished her for the misconstrued remarks. She will appear together with NAACP President Ben Jealous -- who initially condemned her when the scandal first brewed -- at a rural development conference in Alabama on Saturday, reports the Associated Press. Jealous recently traveled to Sherrod's home in George for the second time to apologize and Sherrod has written a letter to NAACP members pushing them to fight racism.

Sherrod could not be reached for comment and a USDA spokesman declined to comment.

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