Aretha Franklin has made a major impact on the modern-day world. Here songs have changed lives giving everyone “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. You may be asking yourself, who is Aretha Franklin. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis and was the fourth of five children. According to .Britannica.com Franklin’s mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer and pianist. And her father, CLI. Franklin presided over the New Bethel Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, and was a minister of national influence and a singer as well. Coming from a talented family Aretha was bound to be a musical star. Aretha Franklin's musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. As a young teen, Franklin performed with her father on his gospel programs in major cities throughout the country and was recognized as a vocal ideal. By the age of 14, she had recorded some of her earliest tracks at her father's church, which was released by a small label as the album Songs of Faith in 1956. Even from a young age, Aretha Franklin made her mark on the world.
Aretha Franklin was an equal rights activist who changed the way we see each other. As said in biography.com in an era when respect was not given to everyone in the US, Aretha Franklin’s exciting version of “Respect,” first recorded by Otis Redding, was an inspiring call to action. The lyrics for the song respect became a melancholy for both women's rights and civil rights movements. Franklin’s song “Sisters Are Doing’ It For Themselves” was another feminist song, showing there is world, where women can set free from this sexist society and be who they, are, ‘’American history wells up when Aretha sings,” former president Barrack Obama said in 2015. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”. Aretha Franklin regularly performed at civil rights events and was there to support Martin Luther King Jr. during his rallies. According to .globalcitizen.org she also was awarded the Southern Christian Leadership Award for her dedicated work for King. When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed at his funeral. Other than being a musical prodigy Aretha Franklin is a role model for all young women.
Aretha Franklin has made an impact on the world and sadly she has passed. On August 12, 2018, it was reported that on the morning of August 16th, Franklin gave in to her illness. Which her family revealed to be pancreatic cancer. Though Aretha Franklin is a child prodigy she did not live the healthiest life. She struggled with weight problems, alcoholism and chain-smoking Sadly Aretha Franklin is not with us physically but she is with every time we listen to her songs. The equality given to everyone because Aretha Franklin's songs should be carried with us through our every day giving everyone “Respect”.
Here is a link to Aretha Franklin singing her hit song Think.
Story by Taylor Amys