Talk with Your Students about Aretha Franklin: They All Know the Queen of Soul | PBS NewsHour

Talk with Your Students about Aretha Franklin: They All Know the Queen of Soul | PBS NewsHour
Talk with Your Students about Aretha Franklin: They All Know the Queen of Soul | PBS NewsHour
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Read the summary below, first. Then watch the video and answer the discussion questions in our support materials. 

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Summary:

On August 16, 2018, legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ died of cancer at her home in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76. Over the course of a seven-decade music career, Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and had 17 top hits with songs like Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Say a Little Prayer. Franklin fought for civil rights throughout her life and was given an award by Martin Luther King in 1968. She sang at King’s funeral just two months later. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In November 2015, NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill (who passed away in November 2016) interviewed Franklin after an event at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Franklin had just been awarded the “Portrait of a Nation” prize. 

August 16, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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