Ray Charles wasn't called "The Genius" for nothing. Charles profoundly influenced the history of black music by fusing secular and church music into the electrifying style called soul. He also overcame astonishing obstacles -- both personal and social -- to become a beloved singer-musician and a genuine American icon.
"'Studying this past and understanding how it contributes to present-day dialogues about race and history in America is a critical component of contemporary education,' states the forward of the Lucent Library of Black History. Each volume focuses on one aspect of African American experience and history that has helped shape American society and inform its citizens' attitudes and beliefs about African Americans. Each volume includes black and white illustrations and photos, a relevant chronology, and an index."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, June 2008
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