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Sherrod to be recognized by African-American business group

In a photo made from video provided by CBSNews.com, former USDA official Shirley Sherrod is interviewed Thursday on "The Early Show." President Obama apologized to Sherrod over her ousting in the midst of a racially tinged firestorm that ensnared the White House, Agriculture Department, NAACP and an online blogger.

In a photo made from video provided by CBSNews.com, former USDA official Shirley Sherrod is interviewed Thursday on "The Early Show." President Obama apologized to Sherrod over her ousting in the midst of a racially tinged firestorm that ensnared the White House, Agriculture Department, NAACP and an online blogger.

ATLANTA -- Shirley Sherrod of Albany, the former Georgia director of Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture until she was forced to resign last year, will be honored Feb. 10 by the Georgia Summit of African American Business Organizations (GSAABO).

The organization said this morning that Sherrod will lead the group of honorees selected for their business and civic contributions to the growth and sustainability of Georgia's African-American businesses.

Sherrod was forced to resign her USDA position after a portion of a video speech she had given to the Coffee County NAACP branch surfaced on YouTube. In the excerpt, she made statements that she had not given her full effort for a white farmer. When the full speech was released, it showed that Sherrod, whose father was killed by a white farmer, was using that event as an example of her rethinking her feelings about white people, and she stated that she had helped the farmer referenced in the video, who confirmed her statement.

The USDA later offered Sherrod another position with the organization, but she did not accept it.

Mary Parker, CEO of Alln1Security of Atlanta, will be the speaker at the noon event. Parker is this year's recipient of the organization's National Minority Supplier Diversity Council's Class II Supplier of the Year award.

GSAABO officials are also planning a series of workshops that address state procurement opportunities, issues facing minority business owners, the future of the black media and others. The event is open to the public and registration is $70.

The event will be at the Sloppy Floyd Building across from the Georgia Capitol. GSAABO officials say their delegates will also spend time in the chambers of the House and Senate, where recognition will be given for the organization's legislative achievement. In 1996, several Georgia politicians sponsored legislation to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of Georgia's African-American businesses.

For more information, contact Jewel Daniels at 912.443.1996 or visit www.gsaabo.com.