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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650945
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Shirley Sherrod is an authentic American hero. She deserves enormous credit for having the courage to shine lights on our society’s most pressing basic human challenges.” –Tavis Smiley, broadcaster, author and philanthropist

“The stories of inequality and those striving for solutions may sound familiar to many, but the ability of Shirley Sherrod, her husband Charles and many of those represented in this book to forgive and move forward with strength in the face of these examples is unparalleled and holds invaluable lessons for us all. Shirley, you are my hero. I want to grow up and be like you.” —Majora Carter, MacArthur-winning environmental justice advocate

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Catherine Whitney has coauthored many books on legal, political, and social issues. She lives in New York.

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We can thank her for showing us another path.
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For, he had posted on his website a video edited to make Ms. Sherrod appear to be an unrepentant bigot against Caucasians.
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This is a very well written book of Mrs. Sherrod's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hunt on September 25, 2012
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The Courage to Hope is a refreshing example of the triumph of the human spirit. Mrs. Sherrod's story has the power to uplift and inspire people across race, class and gender. It is amazing to see that Mrs. Sherrod seems more determined than ever to continue her work on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. Though she was clearly treated poorly by those who had the power to correct the situation in the beginning, her commitment to a life of service appears to be undaunted.

The ending of the book reinforces my belief that if you live a life of honesty, integrity and faith you will be rewarded. I recommend the book to anyone who believes in ethical servant leadership. Kudos to Ms. Sherrod. She took what could be viewed as a tragic situation and turned it into an opportunity to provide a blueprint for service and reconciliation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Troy Johnson on January 29, 2013
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A couple of years ago, arch-conservative Andrew Breitbart (since deceased) launched a character assassination on Shirley Sherrod which almost cost the then U.S.D.A. State Director her career while temporarily ruining her reputation. For, he had posted on his website a video edited to make Ms. Sherrod appear to be an unrepentant bigot against Caucasians.

Truth be told, the tenor of her heartfelt remarks in that speech delivered to the NAACP were exactly the opposite. In the address, she spoke about how she had overcome the bitterness she'd felt about the South (including the murder of her own father by a white man never brought to justice) to the point that she became willing to help poor folks of any color.

Sherrod finally gets to set the record straight in The Courage to Hope, a poignant half-autobiography/half-tale of redemption. Not only does the moving memoir address the infamous incident which thrust the author into the limelight but, perhaps more importantly, it recounts a life story which reveals her to be a real role model well worthy of admiration and emulation.

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By Gary Mount on November 30, 2013
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Shirley and Charles Sherrod are heroes in life to me even though I only met them very recently. Shirley's depiction of the life that she and Charles have lived, what they stood for, and what they went through in staying true to their principles is vibrant today even though it related over 50 years of life.
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By Ronald L. Cauthon on October 19, 2012
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An inspiring story yet one that takes a full-on, frank assessment of race relations in the United States. Shirley Sherrod retained her dignity in spite of the fact her bosses at the Dept. of Agriculture AND the White House fired her on the word (video) of a known right-wing propagandist. She seems like the kind of employee that should have been valued and allowed to present her case but sadly she never had that luxury. Good for her for refusing to accept another job with the U.S.D.A. I can't say my husband and I "enjoyed" the book but we appreciated having the background to the notorious incident that thrust Sherrod into an unwelcome spotlight of publicity. We highly recommend the book.
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The Civil Rights movement of the early 60's and 70's had many unsung heros, the children who integrated the public schools and universities, those who did the sit ins and marches. Shirley Sherrod and her husband were of that group, the ones who were the backbone of the movement, without whom it would not have succeeded. We forget the girls who integrated Chandler Jr. High, in Richmond, Va, in 1960, who went to a strange school and had to leave the kids they had always gone to school with, to be the integratees. I got to know those 3 girls and we became good friends, sitting in the cafeteria together, having jello and milk cartons thrown at us, a white girl sitting with 3 black girls. It wasn't until one of the mothers thanked me for being a friend that I began to get a taste of what their level of sacrifice was. These are the unsung heros of the civil rights movement, the pioneers, largely forgotten now. It is wonderful of Ms. Sherrod to write her story and to get people to remember.
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Sherrod details her problems with dishonest editing of a public presentation that made her appear to be against some of the affirmative action she was actually implementing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Her account of her early life detailed persecution of her parents because they were becoming successful African-Americans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth M. Brandon on September 8, 2013
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A personal well told story of lifelong struggle to improve the conditions and possibilities in the black community in southwest Georgia by a woman who was born, raised, suffered, and struggled there and was maligned and caused to lose a good job by a right wing blogger's untruths.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Wood on April 13, 2013
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I chose this book because I was interested in knowing, in her own words, how this very brave, courageous lady was able to survive the blatant attacks of the person who took such pains in trying to denigrate her. We have stories of African Americans surviving racism while being jailed, beaten, and suffering other physical ills. We know of lynchings with a rope but are now seeing a different kind of lynching. The media and technology is used to kill, beat, lynch. Mrs. Sherrod shows us the dignity of a woman who was able to prove, immediately her innocence with the very people she was accused of mismanaging, coming to her defense. This book details the very ills of modern prejudice and how quickly we are to believe sensationalism without proof; how easy it is to discredit a person by misusing technology. Mrs. Sherrod tells her story in a way that educates without bitterness yet does not leave us with unanswered questions. When we finish reading this book, we have the complete story of the accusations, with references that are easily proven and the outcome of this injustice. Sadly, the accuser or perpetrator died, at a rather young age, shortly after his hoax was exposed. You will not be disappointed in reading this book.
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