Mrs. Shirley Sherrod's father

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Since Thom talked about Shirley Sherrod, I decided to post this. It may help him in his debate tomorrow.

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8:50 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2010

Shirley Sherrod shaped by father's slaying

By Rhonda Cook and Marcus K. Garner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shirley Sherrod’s 17th year probably did more to mold her personality and set her on a path that traveled through the dangerous, volatile world of race.

That year, 1965, her father was shot and killed by a white man in a dispute over cows, the family says.

That year, she was one of the first black students to integrate the high school in Baker County in rural southwest Georgia.

That year, she decided to become involved in the civil rights movement in that area of the state.


Sherrod’s father, Hosie Miller, had a dispute with a man over cows that had come into his pasture. The neighbor insisted that three of Miller’s cows were his. Miller said he would call the “law” to settle the dispute. As Hosie Miller was closing the gate, he was shot in the back, the family says.

Grace Miller said that the neighbor was not held accountable.


Jun. 25, 2010 10:56 am

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