Civil rights leader Ruby Nell Sales will speak about racial equity and healing. As a preview into Ruby Sales' thinking and connections to our shared work, check out Karen Pittman's recent blog, "Why Does it Hurt? Reflections on Pain, Identity Politics and the Need for Healing."
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.
Raquel serves as deputy director of the Human Services Program at The Kresge Foundation, which supports the advancement of human services organizations to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low income.
She has made it her personal mission to find and leverage leadership opportunities in public administration, policy and philanthropy to change the odds for children and families. Raquel's reflections on what it takes to make change happen are guaranteed to inspire each of us to do more within our individual spheres of influence.