Sales, Ruby

Biography:

Sales is a civil rights worker and social activist. Growing up in Alabama during the tumult of the civil rights movement, Sales participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965. Arrested for her actions, she was released after six days. While purchasing refreshments at a store in Fort Deposit, Ala., her life was threatened by a gun-toting construction worker, Tom Coleman. Sales' fellow marcher, white seminarian Jonathan Daniels, pushed her out of the way and took the bullet for Sales, dying instantly. In 1994, Sales left Women of All Colors to earn a master's of divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Her training there prepared her to launch Spirit House in 2000, a non-profit organization that aims to achieve a non-violent and just world through exploring the legacy of American violence, racism and sexism. She lives in Washington, D.C. -- Bates College WWW site.

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