Shirley Sherrod made the news in 2010 when she was forced to resign her position as the USDA's Georgia director of rural development after a false charge of reverse racism. Her ensuing fight to get the truth out continued a lifetime of battling discrimination and advocating on behalf of the poor and unheard.
David K. Shipler is the author of The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties (Knopf). The second volume, Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America (Knopf), will be published in 2012. He writes online at The Shipler Report.
Jack P. Shonkoff is the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Brandeis University and former Dean of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. For further information, see www.developingchild.net.