Published November 30, 2017

Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Sales conducted a master class for UVA students with Wes Gobar, president of the UVA Black Student Union, and had a public conversation with University of Virginia religious studies professor Charles Marsh in front of a packed house at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

Every One of Us

Public event at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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Master Class

Master class with UVA students at the UVA Harrison Institute Special Collections Library

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Reading List

During Ms. Sales’ residency, she met privately with a small group of artists from diverse backgrounds at Welcome Gallery on Thursday, November 30, 2017. In that conversation, a participant asked Ms. Sales to recommend reading materials to further learning and exploration on the topics of race and racial healing. Ms. Sales followed up with a list of recommendations, which we have shared here for the general public in PDF form.

If you are interested in joining a informal quarterly discussion group in Charlottesville to explore the readings with others, please contact Maggie Guggenheimer at maggieg@virginia.edu.

Special Thanks

These free, community events were made possible by funding from the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Virginia.


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