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
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 will be present at the Church of the Advent for an in-person event on August 20, 2021 at 6:30pm, followed by an online Zoom discussion on August 27, 2021 at 6:30pm. The August 20th in-person event is limited to 150 attendees but will be recorded and posted online before the zoom discussion on the 27th. Registration (links below) is required for both events.
Ms. Sales will focus 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 will remember Jonathan Daniels’ act of love with thankfulness for his commitment to following Jesus into the danger of Lowndes County. She will ask 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.
August 20, 2021 6:30pm – Limited In-Person event
August 27, 2021 6:30pm – Online Zoom Discussion