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The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear

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In the summer of 2010, Shirley Sherrod was catapulted into a media storm that blew apart her life and her job doing what she’d done for decades: helping poor, hardworking people live the American dream. She was a lifelong activist who served as Georgia’s first black director of rural development.

A right-wing blogger, the now late Andrew Breitbart, disseminated a video cli
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ebook, 256 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Atria Books
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Jonathan
Nov 11, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
I met Shirley Sherrod through a project she was part of connecting the Federation of Southern Cooperatives' black family watermelon farmers and Red Tomato here in Massachusetts.

I knew how amazing Shirley and her husband, Charles Sherrod are. I only knew the surface of their incredible life struggles.

I was deeply moved by Shirley's courage to write so honestly, compassionately and humbly about the very difficult challenges she has faced in her life journey to combat racism, discrimination and fea
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Carole
Mar 29, 2013 Carole rated it really liked it
This book was a book club read. I am glad I read it because it is important to know specifically how politics, racism, and fear infect the process of helping people who are entitled to and eligible for the help they need to prosper. The word 'entitlement' has become a bad thing as has the word 'liberal' but they are good words that speak to what a democracy is supposed to be.
Mrs. Sherrod not only tells us what actually happened when she was unceremoniously fired from her USDA Director's positio
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Jul 08, 2014 Margy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging and fascinating life story through which to view issues of race and racialized politics in the United States.
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If I read "so we went to Washington" one more time in this book! It was a story about her husband.
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