Aretha Franklin remembered for her role in the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit

Aretha Franklin's voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life.

"This is very personal for me, as you can probably tell", he said.

It was at a Knightdale dance recital in 2015 when Johanna Colon heard the Queen of Soul and stole the show. The image was created by graphic designer Milton Glaser.

People across the world mourned Aretha Franklin's passing on Thursday, including President Donald Trump, who called the 76-year-old diva his "friend" who "worked for me on numerous occasions."

"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas said. "You can just imagine a teenager receiving this magazine in November 1968, opening it up and this explosion of color comes out".

The 18-time Grammy award victor cemented her place in music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves, her generations of hits spanning from soul and R&B, to gospel and pop. "Thank you for thinking of me". This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. "She believed, I think that most of all she was doing God's work, and she was". I enjoyed her at the White House.

As fans of the singer know, Aretha went on to have a plethora of hits in the 1950's and the 1960's, including, perhaps most famously, her rendition of the Otis Redding song, "Respect".

"Sitting down across from her just a few years ago, I was just about speechless", Lemon said before playing a clip of his sit-down with the Queen. "You know, there was information that I knew that I couldn't really say because the family did not want that out".

She also recalled receiving a call from Franklin, who wanted to have her nephew or grandson send her his music. "She was a huge Obama supporter, she thought of herself as a Democrat and she was vocal, obviously, as an activist in the civil rights movement". The legendary singer's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute, said that her official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

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