Ray Charles & The Civil Rights Movement

Ray Charles & The Civil Rights Movement
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Students are shown a few movie clips of the childhood of Ray Charles, and his life of being a musician in the 1930's through the 1970's. At the end, students learn that Ray Charles was a true blessing for the Civil Rights movement on how he united white and black Americans through his music. Ray Charles de-segregated audiences for his concerts, and also wrote the song "Georgia on my Mind" to unify the divide caused by racial tensions.

At the end, students are asked to be put in Rays shoes. Students are old "You are Ray Charles, and you have been banned from the State of Georgia for refusing to perform for a segregated audience. Georgia on my Mind was a song of peace and unity. Ray understood that hate is too heavy a burden to bear. Write your own version of a song dedicated to your fellow Americans in the State of Georgia that would show that your intentions are of peace, unity, and forgiveness."
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