Where Does it Hurt?: Overcoming the Pain of White Supremacy
Date(s) - December 8, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Join this civil rights legend and educator for soul-searching conversations on white supremacy and systematic oppression and come away with a radical new spiritual perspective on the tasks before us.
With her characteristic fierce clarity, open-heartedness, and spiritual-activist approach, Ruby brings fresh energy and hope to an issue that all too often founders in rage, frustration, and despair. Like Martin Luther King, Jr and James Baldwin and other peaceful warriors before her, Ruby believes all Americans are hurt by a racist system that continues to oppress people of color. For this nation to survive, she says, we must forge new ways of honestly talking about how this brutal reality affects whites as well as blacks. Join Ruby to explore with her how white supremacy is rooted in a spiritual crisis of white America, and how the spiritual and psychological impact of its racist ideology inhibits our lives, shatters our common connections, destroys trust, and leaves us in a state of constant anxiety. A new language is needed, she says, that incorporates not only our outrage at the harm that has been done, but also a vision of love through which we could become a new people — the America still waiting to be born. We invite you to become a part of that change.
Ruby Sales, M.Div., has answered the call of social justice work for more than 50 years. The call first came when she was a teenager at Tuskegee Institute, where she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked on voter registration in Lowndes County, Alabama. She participated at age 17 in the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965 and was arrested with other activists in Alabama for picketing a whites-only store. Released after a terrifying week in jail, she was threatened by a special country deputy with a shotgun. Jonathan Daniels, a white Episcopal seminarian and fellow activist, pushed her aside and took the shot meant for her, dying instantly. An all-white jury acquitted Jonathan’s killer. Ruby later graduated from Episcopal Theological School, which Jonathan had attended. Ruby received a B.A. degree from Manhattanville College, attended graduate school at Princeton University, and received her Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Theological School. Ruby has received numerous awards and honors, including the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and was selected as one of 50 African-Americans from the Civil Rights Movement spotlighted in the new Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC. She is also a co-founder of SAGE Magazine: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. She is the founder of the SpiritHouse Project in Atlanta, Georgia, a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Daniels, using the arts, research, education, action, and spirituality to bring diverse peoples together working for racial, economic, and social justice and spiritual maturity.