Ray Charles overcomes his drug addiction and his personal demons (guilt over his brother's death). In the late 70s, the state of Georgia gives Ray a public apology, he's no longer banned and "Georgia on my Mind" becomes the state's national song. Ray kept his promise to his mother and never used heroin again. He contributed over $20 million to schools for the blind and deaf.
Jack Lauderdale: So Ray, we got to talk about your name, man. Robinson. I mean, Sugar Ray got to Robinson franchise all sewed up. So I'm thinking we go with your middle name: Charles. As in "Ray Charles."
Ray Charles: I don't care what you call me, man, just as long as my name is on the record.
Trivia: It's shown in the film that Ray turns up to a protest outside the concert and then refuses to play before a segregated crowd in Georgia, which earns him a lifetime ban from the state. Ray Charles did cancel his concert but only paid compensation and was never banned from Georgia. There was also no protest outside the concert hall. Source.Lummie
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