“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” – Aretha Franklin.
H E R M E S S A G E F O R T O D A Y ‘ S W O R L D
Aretha Franklin the undisputed “Queen of Soul” passed away today at age 76 on August 16, 2018.
Hers was the voice that for many, many years gave America its heart, soul and at times spiritual and political direction.
As a child I was a scared white kid who lived in the racially troubled Metro Detroit area and some time after when tanks had rolled down Woodward Avenue and fires and looting rampant in the street of this and other U. S. cities hers was the voice of sanity you started to hear over the air waves pleading for respect for one another.
In this day and age marked by a loss of personal respect for one another the message she sent and continues to send despite her demise is that people have to get their shit together and start appreciating their fellow-man no matter their color, race or religious preference.
In a White House that is founded on lies, deception, collusion, back stabbing and hurtful innuendo the gist of her song’s message should be blasted through the halls of Congress and the Justice Department.
Respect for one another is an attainable goal not an idle wish.
It is the God-given right of all men and women to at least be acknowledged as a human being worth of dignity and respect.
Aretha Franklin’s body might be placed in the ground but her soul, spirit and hopeful attitude for a better world can never be silenced.
She will be missed, mourned and loved forever. – gc