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Shirley Sherrod

Shirley Sherrod is the executive director of the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education in Albany, Georgia. For more than 30 years, Ms. Sherrod has devoted her life to the civil rights movement by working on social justice issues. Through her work at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, she developed a program of outreach, education, and technical assistance for small and limited resource farmers throughout Georgia. She also serves as the Georgia State Lead for the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc., Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI). SRBWI promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious, and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women. The initiative encompasses three states, operating in 77 counties in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Ms. Sherrod’s work began in 1965 as an organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southwest Georgia Project. She helped start the land trust, New Communities, Inc., that occupies 6,000 acres of land.                                              

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