Liz McCormick Published

Civil Rights Activist, Ruby Sales, to Speak with Residents in Charles Town


Civil Rights activist Ruby Sales is coming to Charles Town Saturday to speak to the community and open up a dialogue on racism and injustice.

Ruby Sales was just 17-years-old in 1965 when a shotgun-wielding resident of Hayneville, Alabama, fired at her as she and a group of activists tried to enter a grocery store to buy soda. Jonathan Daniels, a 26-year-old from New Hampshire, was with her group. Daniels stepped in front of Sales and was killed instantly. Ever since, Sales has devoted her life to being a civil rights activist.

Now 66-years-old and a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Sales travels the country in the hopes of training a new generation of peace and justice workers – addressing issues such as racism, poverty, the prison-for-profit complex, voting rights, and unjust police and vigilante attacks. Sales is nationally recognized as a human-rights activist and social critic.

On Saturday, Sales will speak first at the Charles Town Library with young people ages middle school and up. She will then move on to the Old Opera House, which is also in Charles Town, for a second talk that’s open to the rest of the community.

  • “A Conversation with Young People” will be held at 3:00 PM at the Charles Town Library.
  • “Community Dialogue” will be held at 7:00 PM at the Old Opera House.

Both talks are free.