Updated: Aug 21, 2018
Aretha Franklin was more than a beautiful voice. She stood for more than vocals and harmonious delivery of notes on the grand stage. She was the voice of many generations that have loved to hear truth and soul in her music. She has humble beginnings singing gospel music in church and took the feeling of praise from Sunday service to the radio and other mainstream platforms across the world. She moved onto what is deemed secular music and told her truth there with the cultural iconic song that told everyone to R-E-S-P-E-C-T her, as she made feet dance and brought God's given talent to the world abroad. She believed human rights were to be respected by all and that song spoke to everyone to know all genders, races, and people are to have respect as a human right and norm. Ms. Franklin was vocal and active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in American by lending the soundtrack of the moment not only in song but she gave from her resources to see that respect and freedom came to all singing "One day we will all be free". When Angela Davis was in the fight for her life against the system, Aretha Franklin offered to pay her bail to see her free. She was present for the marches and declined to perform in segregated venues because of the lack of respect for people and the threat to freedom prejudice shows to all that are victims of it. Ms. Franklin also sung at the inauguration of then President Barack Obama. She has been present in the fight for equality and respect in the battle for Human Rights. We salute the Queen with the powerful voice in one last showing of honor and Respect. Rest in Heaven Queen.