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Wed, 03.07.1979

The State of Georgia Issues a Formal Apology to Ray Charles

*On this date in 1979, the state of Georgia honored and issued a formal apology to musician and composer Ray Charles.

This was for an incident affecting his performance in the state in 1961. At that time, Charles, born in Albany, GA, had refused to perform in front of a segregated (all-white) audience. The promoter sued Charles for that position against segregation. He often returned to Georgia to perform throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The Georgia State Legislature completed the finality when his version of "Georgia on My Mind" was adopted as the official state song.

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Never love with all your heart, it only ends in aching; And bit by bit to the smallest part That organ will be breaking. Never love with all... SONG IN SPITE OF MYSELF by Countee Cullen.
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