Shirley Sherrod, former Georgia director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will speak during the 9 a.m. service on Sept. 18 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church located at 1518 M St. N.W.

Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a conservative blogger posted video excerpts of a speech she made and distorted the context to make her appear racist, has been a longtime advocate for minority farmers. She will be Metropolitan’s inaugural speaker for a new series called “Sundays with the MET” at the historic downtown church, known as “The Cathedral of African Methodism.”

When the controversy broke in July, the NAACP condemned her remarks, and U.S. government officials called on her to resign. She had spoken during the NAACP convention and upon review of the unedited video in context, President Barack Obama, the NAACP, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologized to her and offered her a new position, which she turned down.

The clip posted by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart did not include the portion of the speech in which Sherrod said the episode he posted had taught her the importance of overcoming personal prejudices.

“Sundays at the Met” is designed to highlight and acknowledge the importance of family, culture, community and history in American heritage and the significant role of individuals whose achievements have made a notable contribution to the nation and the African American legacy.

Roland Carter, Ph.D., will direct the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Choir. Sherrod, Carter and Dr. Louis Sullivan, president emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, will each receive the “Metropolitan Legacy Award.”

Call the church office at 202-771-1426 or visit metropolitanamec.org for additional information. Parking is free in the NEA Garage across from the church.