Many of the tributes to Franklin since her passing have emphasized not only her musical talent but her role in shaping and empowering the role of women with songs that gave voice to life experiences from a decidedly female perspective.
Black History

PRESS ROOM: Harris, Stabenow, Peters, Lawrence Introduce Legislation to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Aretha Franklin’s music served as a 1960s call to action that inspired thousands to join civil rights movements and still maintains a social context that resonates across these movements today. […read more]


Medal Moves Closer to Alabama Bombing Victims

by Gale Horton Gay Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer The tragedy occurred weeks after the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech/Courtesy Photo National recognition of one of the darkest days in American Read More