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Aretha Franklin, the Legendary Queen of Soul, Dies at 76

HeadlineAug 17, 2018

The legendary singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, celebrated across the world as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. For decades, Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. She was also a staunch supporter of the civil rights movement—going on a tour with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and offering to post bail for jailed political prisoner Angela Davis. After headlines, we’ll spend the rest of the hour looking back on the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. Our guests will include professor Angela Davis.

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