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Standing Up to the Politics of Fear:
A Conversation with Shirley Sherrod

As part of the 2018 Butch Lewis Community Conversation Series

Wed, April 11, 5:30 pm refreshments, 6pm program
Main Floor Downtown Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Shirley Sherrod is a lifelong civil rights activist who served as Georgia’s first African American Director of Rural Development for the USDA. Sherrod’s forced resignation in 2010 made national news after a conservative wesbite attempted to portray her as a racist. Sherrod’s autobiography, The Courage to Hope, documents this incident, along with her experience growing up in the Jim Crow south, the murder of her father by a neighboring white farmer, and her activism with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Shirley and her husband Charles started New Communities collective farm in 1969, widely considered the model for the community land trust movement in the United States.

Copies of her book, The Courage to Hope, will be available for sale and signing.

The series is presented by the Hartford Community Loan Fund, Voices of Women of Color LLC, and the family and friends of Butch Lewis in partnership with the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.