A public theologian, historian, activist, social critic, and educator, Ruby Nell Sales looks at her work as a calling rather than a career. She answered the call to social justice as a teenager at Tuskegee Institute where she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked on voter registration in Lowndes County, Alabama.
Sales received a Masters of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School where she was an Absalom Jones Scholar. While there, she developed a reputation as a preacher and has preached at churches and cathedrals around the nation. After divinity school, she founded and still directs a national nonprofit organization, the SpiritHouse Project.
As a social justice activist, Sales' work is cited in several books, journal articles and films such as Taylor Branch's "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68"; "Broken Ground: A Film on Race Relations in the South"; Dan Rather's "American Dream Segment"; and the newly released book, "Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights" by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Sales is one of the founders of SAGE Magazine: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women.