Interview with Ruby Sales (Video)


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  • Interview with Ruby Sales conducted for Eyes on the Prize II. Discussion topics include her days as a student at Tuskegee Institute and her decision to organize with SNCC in Lowndes County. She tells of a time Stokely Carmichael led a group to the county courthouse and was told by the sheriff to leave immediately or be shot. He replied: "If you blow me away, Hell will be integrated tonight." Sales also discusses harassment and violence against marchers in Fort Deposit, Ala. and other places and her growing religious doubts at that time. She discusses various forms of harassment and violence, culminating in the day that part-time sheriff's deputy Tom Coleman shot and killed Jon Daniels, while wounding Sales and Father Richard Morrisroe.
  • Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the original 16mm negative film were scanned and digitized to create 2K DPX files and the original 1/4" elements were digitized to create 24-bit 96kHz .wav files. The picture and audio were then reassembled at the Film & Media Archive.
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Blackside, Inc.
  • English
  • MAVIS Interview record: 902
  • sal4195.00902
  • Eyes on the Prize II
  • Ruby Sales is a social activist, scholar, administrator, manager, public theologian and educator. A leader in the areas of civil, gender and other human rights, Sales has spoken at conferences and preached at churches around the country. In 2001 Sales founded the SpiritHouse Project and she still serves as the organization’s. The SpiritHouse Project describes itself as “a national nonprofit organization that uses the arts, research, education, action, and spirituality to bring diverse peoples together to work for racial, economic, and social justice, as well as for spiritual maturity. SpiritHouse roots its work today in exposing the extrajudicial murders of African-Americans by White vigilantes and police.” As a teenager at Tuskegee University Ruby Sales joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She worked during Freedom Summer in Lowndes County, Alabama. In August 1965, Sales and other SNCC workers were arrested in Fort Deposit, Alabama. Immediately upon release, they were shot at by a local shopkeeper. Seminarian Jonathan Daniels was killed protecting Ms. Sales. In addition to holding numerous academic positions, Ms. Sales has led numerous organizations, serving as director of the Citizens' Complaint Center in Washington, D.C., director of Black Women's Voices and Images, and director of Women of All Colors.
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Description standard
Date issued
  • 1988-11-14T00:00:00Z
Visibility Open Access