Ruby Nell Sales oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-25.
JM: This is spring of ’65.
RS: This is spring ’65.
JM: Okay, so you’ve been a whole year and a semester, then, at Tuskegee, watching this -
RS: No, we haven’t been watching because, as I said, Gwen Patton is a part -
RS: And so, she’s been - things have been happening on campus. Some of them I participated in, and others I didn’t, and many of them had to do with talking with the community about what was going on in Selma. But my major commitment was not Movement at that point. It wasn’t that I wasn’t doing things, but that wasn’t a commitment. I was a beatnik. I was not a freedom fighter.
JM: Yeah. Tell me a little bit more about, um, the, the - your first encounter in Montgomery at the protest with [20:00] a couple of things. One with - you said a moment ago that it really does kind of sweep away your naïveté to encounter that sort of rage and violence and -
JM: And, um - but also, um, I imagine there must have been questions that emerged from the fact that you didn’t get the warmest reception even at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church [pause] from the deacons, as I understand.
RS: I don’t think it was questions; I think it was totally amazement.
RS: I think it went beyond asking questions to really being stunned and trying to make a - make a connection to understand how these people, who had been at the forefront of the Movement, could lock us out of their church, could want us to leave the church, and not give us food. So, it was - so, yes, that happened. And at the same time, I saw what happened to Stokely Carmichael - reach the end of his limit at that period and basically have a nervous breakdown in the Montgomery airport, because of all the violence and his years of being under siege.