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It was the sixties, and she was standing with Martin Luther King. She was singing for the cause and being available as an activist. She’d offered to pay the bail for Angela Davis and she had sent checks to Martin Luther King and Al Sharpton.
But she was not screaming, ‘Say It Loud I’m Black and Proud.” Her fist was not balled into a fist and thrust into the air. She was not declaring that she was a new kind of Negro!
She was, instead, dressed impeccably. Her style was, gracefully, soft, and she was our Queen of Soul. She sang to us about expecting the best for ourselves. She demanded that we expect the best from the men that loved us. She showed that Queens love! In the process, she helped to change a nation.
So often it’s not about what we say and what we do. It’s about the spirit with which we do it. It’s the invisible soul and heart of the matter that has an impact.
There are lot of folks that can sing, albeit not as well as Aretha, but when they open their mouths do they make you feel? Do they make you want to love?
Aretha did both and touch us all, deeply.
“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.”
The Queen of Soul served America well!