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UVA Special Collections Library Auditorium

160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Student Master Class with Civil Rights Leader Ruby Sales

Ruby Sales

Join the UVA Black Student Alliance (BSA) for a lunch and master class with civil rights icon and public theologian Ruby Sales, hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Ruby Sales is a nationally recognized civil rights leader and public theologian who brings the wealth of African American spiritual traditions to her theological innovation and social activism. As a teenager in 1965, she participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Later that year activist Jonathan Daniels, a white seminarian and recent VMI graduate, died while shielding Sales from gunfire. As founder and executive director of the Georgia-based SpiritHouse Project, Sales builds authentic communities to advocate for racial, economic, and social justice. Her contributions as a freedom fighter are featured in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

BSA president Wes Gobar will open with a few questions for Ruby, and the conversation will quickly expand to address strategies for building social movements and promoting the authentic dialogue that sustains us in the fight for social justice. UVA professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Corinne Field will moderate this intergenerational dialogue — a rare opportunity to integrate the wisdom of our civil rights elders with the movements of today.

This free program has been made possible by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Virginia.

Sales will also address the Charlottesville-area public that evening, from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, for a conversation with UVA professor of Religious Studies Charles Marsh titled “Every One of Us.”