Aretha Franklin and Brushes With American Intellectual History

The passing of the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, today has been the spark of much remembrance of the great singer’s career. However, what many African American commentators have taken great pains to point out is how Franklin’s own personal history intersects with the momentous social, cultural, and political movements that reshaped the relationship between African Americans and the United States. Indeed, her own family history is a testament to how many prominent African Americans felt a need to get involved in Civil Rights activism. C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father, was a renowned minister based in Detroit, Michigan, whose sermons have Read more

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