“My Soul Magnifies the Lord”: An Evening with Ruby Sales (archive)

Ruby Sales remembers Jonathan Daniels and the Southern Freedom Movement.

“We had come to Lowndes County to work in the movement. And it was a nonviolent movement to redeem the souls of America.” – Ruby Sales

Jonathan Myrick Daniels (1939-1965)

The Boston Harbor Deanery invites you to join us in welcoming the freedom fighter, social critic, educator, and African-American theologian Ruby Sales as she remembers the Southern Freedom Movement and Jonathan Daniels on the 56th anniversary of his murder. Ms. Sales visited the Church of the Advent for an in-person event on August 20, 2021 at 6:30pm. An online Zoom discussion followed on August 27, 2021 at 6:30pm. 

Ms. Sales focused on Mary’s Magnificat, the freedom song that in 1965 deepened Jonathan’s spiritual imagination and confirmed his calling to join the Southern Freedom Movement in Lowndes County, Alabama, where he befriended the young Ruby Sales. Aged just 17, she was a freedom fighter in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. After being released from jail for protesting segregated businesses, Daniels, Sales, and two others encountered Tom Coleman at a convenience store. Coleman, a volunteer special deputy officer, pointed his shotgun at Sales. Jonathan Daniels pushed her out of the way and took the bullet himself.

Ruby Sales remembered Jonathan Daniels’ act of love with thankfulness for his commitment to following Jesus into the danger of Lowndes County. She asked us to consider how this story from the Southern Freedom Movement inspires us as Christians today to cross differences and to engage with communities beyond ourselves in order to reach our higher selves, to seek justice, and to become the Beloved Community we are called to be.

Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/591557490