SpiritHouse is a frontline and consistent voice for racial justice. We have stood on the front lines, whether working to
stop racist crimes against Black people; educating our children; economically, socially, or politically advancing our community; preserving the rights and
liberties of all groups in our community; or building multicultural coalitions who work to contest the presence of racism in their communities and in the
nation. Even when most of the nation was silent, SpiritHouse recognized the buildup of racism over the last 40 years. These are a few of the most recent
ways SpiritHouse has raised consciousness about racism and how to stop it:
- December 12, 2015 - Ruby Sales appeared on the Sirius Radio show Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon.
- June 18-20, 2015 - Somebody Touched Me: I Felt the Power of the Empire Pour
Out of Me. Community formation gathering held at White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. Organized by Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Church and the SpiritHouse Project. The Rev. Dr. William Shaw was the pastor.
Featured Ruby N. Sales, Rev. Dr. Donna Jones, Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan, and Rev. Dr. Renita Weems.
- November 12, 2014 - At Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C., SpiritHouse Project and our allies held the first national public memorial
service, which included a public roll call of the 1000 black victims of state-sanctioned murders. Family members from across the nation whom have lost loved
ones to these murders led a processional into Freedom Plaza. The theme of this gathering, A Charge To Keep: A Movement to Build, reminded us
that this was more than a memorial service. It was a call to the living for us to keep our eyes on the prize of racial justice. As part of this public
memorial service, 40 ordinary people and those publicly known presented a roll call of the victims by reading from scrolls. The readers came from a
community of activists, pastors, artists, practitioners, workers, students, parents, and seniors. SpiritHouse Project opened up the circle of scroll
readers to include voices of volunteers from the gathered participants. View the
flyer and read our open letter to the Congressional Black Caucus.
- September 12-13, 2014 – Held a Teach-In & Preach-In Tent Revival for Social Justice near Ferguson, MO. Featured
talks by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith and Rev. Dr. Freddy Haynes, among many others. Click here to
view more details.
- August 23, 2014 – Ruby Sales appeared on the podcast Our Common Ground, hosted by Janice Graham, for the episode "Ferguson Under Siege: Occupation in America". Also appearing on the show was Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou.
Listen to the conversation here.
- April 22, 2014 – Press conference, teach-in, service, and vigil conducted with victims’ families in Washington, D.C. to
ignite a movement to protest present-day hate crimes, entitled "Raise Your Voice, Break The Silence". Click here to view more details.
- March 2014 – SpiritHouse traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York to spread the word about the anti-hate crimes occurring
around the country and to encourage support and attendance at the April 22, 2014 Breaking the Silence press conference, teach-in, service, and vigil
planned for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Ruby Sales, Susan K. Smith, and Nancy Talbot visited with members and mission groups of
the Church of the Saviour, founded by N. Gordon Cosby (for whom the Fellowship has been named). Susan K. Smith preached, and Ruby Sales led an
education session for youth at Presbyterian Church in Harlem, NY. They also met with the Mennonite community in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
- February 2014 – SpiritHouse Director Ruby Sales and Gordon Cosby Fellow Rev. Susan K. Smith were Black History Month speaker
and celebrant at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales led the morning Adult Education class, and she was the afternoon Luncheon
Speaker. Rev. Smith provided the morning sermon. SpiritHouse is exposing the extrajudicial murders of Black people around the nation.
- Summer 2013, ongoing – SpiritHouse Director Ruby Sales, Cosby Fellow Susan K. Smith, and staffer Cheryl Blankenship
traveled several times to Albany, GA to meet with Mrs. Jeanette Thomas, the grandmother of Nathaniel Lee III. We listened to her description of how
her grandson died a suspicious death in Waycross, GA and how no one has been charged in his murder. During the year, SpiritHouse supported the family
with obtaining court trial transcripts and transcribing these in order to identify contradictions.
Spring 2013, ongoing – SpiritHouse Director Ruby Sales and Co-Director Cheryl Blankenship traveled to Valdosta, Georgia to meet with and
sit vigil with the family of Kendrick Johnson. The family has held a daily vigil from January 2013 to protest the suspicious death of their son, whom
the coroner and Georgia Bureau of Investigation said committed suicide. As the story has unfolded, we have learned as a result of an independent autopsy
commissioned by the family that Kendrick died from blunt-force trauma. Later that summer, SpiritHouse was present at a rally held on the courthouse steps
in Valdosta, Georgia. Rev. Susan K. Smith, SpiritHouse Gordon Cosby Fellow, was one of the speakers at this rally.
- March 2013 – SpiritHouse Interns traveled to Memphis, Tennessee as guests of Caritas Community to share their knowledge with
community members and students from Rhodes College.
- February 2013 – SpiritHouse Daniels/Younge Interns traveled to Washington, D.C. as the only youth group invited to speak on
the U.S. Supreme Court steps against changes planned to the Voting Rights Act. Interns for 2012 – 2013 represented Georgia State University, and
Agnes Scott and Spelman Colleges. During the year, they researched issues of the Prison Industrial Complex, probation-for-profit system, the Southern
Strategy, ALEC, and Voting Rights legislation.
- August 2012 – SpiritHouse Director Ruby Sales, board member Nancy Talbot, and Daniels/Younge Intern Dean Steed traveled to
Jonesboro, Arkansas to learn and gather the story about and support the community on the suspicious death of Chavis Carter. We interviewed family and
community members, visited the spot sustained by the blood of Chavis Carter as his body lay in the street, and participated in a