In a 2017 article for The Undefeated, Roy Peter Clark imagines Ray Charles is the man ”to ease the antagonism surrounding the national anthem controversy.” Referring to Colin Kaepernick and his ”taking a knee stance.”
Clark affirmed that throughout Ray Charles’s career, the artist used his powers for ”healing and reconciliation.” And that all professional sports teams like the NFL and MLB should play Ray Charles rendition of America The Beautiful at halftime.
In A Black Theology of America The Beautiful, writer Luke Hill shares that
Ray Charles once said, “I never sing anything I don’t want to sing. Never sing anything I don’t mean.” Hill affirms that Ray Charles’s version of America The Beautiful is different from the one Katherine Lee Bates wrote.
America celebrated its independence on July 4. NPR recently published an intriguing film work featuring decedents of Frederick Douglass. Together they take part in ”What to the Slave Is The Fourth of July?: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass’ Speech.” worth checking out