MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)- Aretha Franklin’s music became instrumental during the Civil Rights Movement, foot soldiers as they were called, leaned on the music during marches and protest.
“With her song respect, that just changed everything, it became an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement, and later for the Women’s Rights Movement.” Lecia Brooks.
Lecia Brooks with the Southern Poverty Law Centers says artist have always played a role in any movement.
“We fortunately had Aretha Franklin during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Brooks.
“Her music led so many people to tolerate, accept and to love,” said Felicial Bell.
Felicia Bell is the director of the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, she says Franklin was inspired by her father’s sermons and teachers.
“His sermons that encouraged independence and encouraged pride in being an African-American,” said Bell.
Franklin would later go on to record music in a tiny Alabama recording studio that produced some of greatest hits of all time.
In 2005 Aretha Franklin preformed at Rosa Parks’ funeral, which became a salute to the Civil Rights icon.