Format Film, Video
Contributors Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Mosnier, Joseph
Sales, Ruby
Dates 2011
Location Atlanta
United States
Language English
Subjects African American College Students
Civil Rights Movements
Civil Rights Workers
Daniels, Jonathan Myrick
Filmed Interviews
Oral Histories
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Tuskegee Institute
United States
Ruby Nell Sales oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-25.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Sales, Ruby (Interviewee)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Atlanta, Georgia, None 2011, 4
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
-  Civil rights workers--Alabama--Interviews
-  African American college students--Interviews
-  Civil rights movements--Alabama
-  Tuskegee Institute
-  Daniels, Jonathan Myrick, 1939-1965
-  Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Georgia -- Atlanta
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
-  Summary: Ruby Sales discusses her father's military career, growing up in Columbus, Georgia, and attending the Tuskegee Institute. She recalls joining the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Selma to Montgomery March, registering voters in Lowndes County, Alabama, and her arrest in Hayneville, Alabama. She remembers the murder of Jonathan Daniels, a seminary student who saved her life, and discusses her opinions on African American history and the current rate of African Americans in prison.
-  Biographical History: Ruby Sales was born in 1948 and grew up in Alabama. She attended Carver High School, Tuskegee University, and Manhattanville College. She worked as the founder and director of Spirithouse and as a social justice activist. She was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field worker in Alabama.
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
10 video files of 10 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (92 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (46 pages)
Call Number
Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
American Folklife Center

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