How Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Stirred Social Movements

As the nation grieved the passing of Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, this week, there is reflection on the immeasurable contributions her and her music have provided. "Respect," one of her largest hit songs, became an anthem for marginalized communities in demanding the respect they deserve, especially for black women. Around the time of the Birmingham bombing, an author on NPR is quoted as saying, "With 'Respect,' [Franklin] gave black women an unprecedented voice and visibility."


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