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Ray Charles: Color Blind?

"Born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia, in 1930, Ray Charles grew up in Greenville, Florida. His mother insisted that there was nothing he could not do [despite his blindness, caused by the glaucoma he contracted at the age of six] if he set his mind to it, telling him, 'You're blind -- you ain't stupid.' She sent him to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine. The vicious racism of the segregated South did not escape him there. 'Imagine separating kids according to color when we couldn't even see each other,' he said later. 'Now ain't that a bitch!'"
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