Sherrod plans meeting with Ag. Secretary Tuesday

EPES, Ala. (AP) - Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod says she plans to meet with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack next week to discuss a new job offer.

Sherrod was forced to resign last month after a conservative blogger posted excerpts from a March speech depicting her as racist. The NAACP joined others, including the USDA, in condemning the remarks before grasping the full context of the story, which was meant as a lesson in overcoming racism.

The White House and the NAACP have since apologized and Vilsack also offered her a new position, which she has not yet accepted or declined.

The two plan to meet on Tuesday. Sherrod spoke on Saturday in Sumter County at an event hosted by the Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. NAACP executive director Ben Jealous shared the stage with her at a panel discussion.

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