LLBC mourns the passing of “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin

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FILE – In this March 26, 1973 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin appears at a news conference. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo, File)

The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) sent their condolences regarding the death of Aretha Franklin Thursday evening.

LLBC Chairman, State Representative Randal Gaines released the following statement: 

On behalf of Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, we pay tribute to the many notable contributions of legendary icon singer/songwriter “Queen of Soul” Ms. Aretha Franklin. She will truly be missed but remembered for her musical talents and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.”

According to LLBC, Franklin’s musical accolades during the 1960’s was at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. Her rendition of Otis Redding’s song “RESPECT”became an anthem for African-Americans.

During the time period in which the song was released in 1967, Franklin says she “had no idea that the song would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and anyone else felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved.”

The song has most recently become a powerful staple for the #MeTooMovement.

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