By Special to the Daily World
Shirley Sherrod, the former Department of Agriculture official who was forced to resign after being accused of making racist remarks, and then offered a new position in state government, will be honored by the Georgia Summit of African American Business Organizations (GSAABO).
She will receive the Silver Rights Award on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Sherrod was fired after a blogger posted video excerpts of a speech she gave to the NAACP in March 2010. The edited comments later elicited the condemnation of the civil rights group and White House officials.
Also being honored are Columbus Minority Business Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Anthony, who will receive the Wolf Award; Albany-Dougherty NAACP chapter President William Wright, who will receive the Pack Award; and Air Tran Marketing Chief Tad Hutcheson, who will be honored with the Craig Lesser Award.
The honorees are selected for their considerable business and civic contributions to the growth and sustainability of Georgia’s African- American businesses.
The annual event will include an Awards Luncheon which begins at noon with Mary Parker, CEO of Alln1Security of Atlanta as the keynote speaker.
Parker is this year’s recipient of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s Class II Supplier of the Year award.
All activities will take place at the Sloppy Floyd Building, West Tower, 20th Floor Empire Room. For registration information visit http://www.gsaabo.com or call 912-443-1995.