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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-19-07 05:19 PM
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26. YES!!!!
I totally agree, Morgana. We never know how we might impact somebody.

I am reminded of a great scene, in the movie "Ray", where he is about to play a "whites only" venue in 1962 Georgia. There are a bunch of Afican-Americans protesting outside and one of them, a young college student, steps out of the crowd and speaks to Ray directly, imploring him to reconsider his choice to play. Based on the kid's influence, he decides right there and then to REFUSE to play and gets back on the bus and leaves.

The state of Georgia bans him "for life" for refusing to play and that one act ends up being a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement. It was a VERY big deal at the time to have a musician of his caliber refuse to play. Later on, the Georgia state Legislature issues a formal apology to Ray Charles for its 1962 ban; his "Georgia on My Mind" is named as the state's official song.

Interesting, eh? I think it's a great story.

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