WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm after which she was vindicated, is scheduled to speak at the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church.

Sherrod, who refused an offer to return to the department, will speak Sept. 19 at the church's 9 a.m. service.

She will be church 's first speaker for a series called "Sundays with the MET" at the downtown church.

Sherrod was asked to leave her job as Georgia's director of rural development in July after comments she made in March were misconstrued as racist. She received numerous apologies from the administration, including from Obama himself.

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