Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing – and for history

FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Aretha Franklin sings before President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Throughout Franklin’s career, “The Queen of Soul” often returned to Washington – the nation’s capital – for performances that at times put her in line with key moments of U.S. History. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced to finish the final touches on the planned March on Washington.

Nearly five decades later, Franklin found herself in Washington and performing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at the…

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