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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 him performing in the state in 1961. At that time Charles, who was born in Albany, GA, had refused to perform in front of a segregated (all white) audience. Charles was sued by the promoter for that position against segregation. He returned often 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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