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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

"A Killing In Choctaw"

SPELLBINDING AND BRUTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MOVIE DOCUMENTARY ”A KILLING IN CHOCTAW” PREMIERS SEPTEMBER 19th AT MONTGOMERY THEATER IN SAN JOSE, CA --
Film Adaptation of Ray's Critically-acclaimed Stage Production

 
Carl Ray carried scars from witnessing his father’s brutal 1962 murder in segregated Choctaw County, Alabama; a white man's retaliation for 18-year-old Ray's having responded to the man's questioning by saying "yes" and "no" instead of "yes, sir" and "no, sir," which were the customary responses when addressing white people. In 1984 - more than twenty years after the incident - Ray met a man from whom he learned about the power of forgiveness.
About Carl Ray:
In 1967, Carl Ray graduated from Tuskegee Institute with a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he traveled to California to begin a career in the Aerospace Industry. Early in his career, he was sidetracked by a yearning to perform stand-up comedy.

Carl Ray started a Youth Opportunity Program in East Palo Alto in 1968; began recruiting youth to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities in 1970; then undertook sponsoring tours to the colleges. Ray continues to host Spring and Fall tours to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). To date, he has chaperoned more than 2,000 students on HBCU tours.

In 1988, Ray, together with his wife, founded Courtland Esteem School - a private school in San Jose, California - where they continue to educate young African American children in grades one through six.

Carl Ray has performed "A Killing in Choctaw" live nearly 100 times at theaters, churches, colleges, museums and other venues throughout the United States.

To learn more about Ray's fascinating biography, please visit http://www.carlraye.com


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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