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Ray
Publication Date:
2/1/2006
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study, Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0012

Ray Charles Robinson had more than enough obstacles to overcome in life. He was a southern black, raised amidst a culture that told him in every possible way that he was inferior. He was blind, forced to make a living in a predatory world filled with people who tried to take advantage of him. He dared to be original and was criticized by some because of his combination of sacred and secular music. He took the risk of participating in the civil rights movement and paid a high price in loss of popularity and business in the white community.

In addition, Ray had his own personal demons that constantly haunted him. His younger brother's tragic death when they were young plagued him with guilt throughout his life. He also faced two strong addictions that his wife forced him to confront. This film version of Ray Charles's life is much more true to life than former attempts.

Participants will see three clips from the movie and engage in discussions the film provokes about courage, addictions, and risks.

Edward N. McNulty is the author of Praying the Movies and Praying the Movies II, both available from WJK. He is founder and editor of Visual Parables, a monthly review newsletter, and was coeditor of Real to Real, a film quarterly for youth.


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