Pelosi to speak at NAACP fundraiser

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi will make her first visit to the Lowcountry later this month, at least since she became Speaker of the House.

Pelosi, D-Calif., will give the keynote address to the Charleston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and she's not the only news maker set to appear at its Sept. 25 annual fundraiser.

Shirley Sherrod, former director of the USDA's Rural Development program in Georgia, also will talk. She was ousted from her job in July after comments she made in March were misconstrued as racist.

President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack later apologized to Sherrod and offered her a new position. She declined, but Vilsack said she may work with the agency as a consultant to improve its minority outreach.

Pelosi became speaker in January 2006. At the same time, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., ascended to the U.S. House majority whip position. Clyburn will introduce Pelosi.

The organization will present its trailblazer award to sisters Amy and Kayla Lewis, who finished first and second in Charleston County's spelling bee just two days after their family was evicted from public housing.

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