The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear


Product Details

Atria Books
Publish Date
July 16, 2013
5.4 X 8.3 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Shirley Sherrod lectures nationally on issues of importance to middle class families, the poor, and small communities. She promotes empowerment strategies for economically and socially disadvantaged people and runs educational projects for struggling farmers. She lives in Georgia with her husband.

Catherine Whitney has coauthored more than fifty books on legal, political, and social issues, including Where Have All the Leaders Gone? and The Weekend That Changed Wall Street. She lives in New York.


"When I first met Shirley Sherrod, she was advocating for black farmers in Georgia. We needed her expertise for all farmers and she immediately jumped in to work with every farmer, no matter their color. [She] has always stood for equality, and she does not bow to fear. I am proud to have worked together with [her] in the movement to keep family farmers on the land, but I'm even more proud to call her my friend." -Willie Nelson, President of Farm Aid and music legend.
"The stories of inequality and those striving for solutions may sound familiar to many, but the ability of Shirley Sherrod and 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." - Majora Carter, MacArthur Award-winning environmental activist
"One of those books that makes you want to yell, cry, and stand up and cheer." - Terri Schlichenmeyer,
Sherrod sets the record straight on her forced resignation from the Department of Agriculture in 2010. An inspiring memoir about the real power of courage and hope. -Kirkus Reviews
"Shirley Sherrod is a survivor." -The Washington Post