We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right. – Aretha Franklin, 1942 – 2018
What’s phenomenal about Aretha Franklin is not only her voice and presence but her commitment to civil rights and women empowerment.
One of her songs, RESPECT, is significant for the feminist movement. It had stronger impact since it was released in 1967, amid the Civil Rights Movement, war in Vietnam and the Equal Rights Amendment.
The underlying message was an appeal for increased respect towards women during the time of release.
Below is a video of Aretha singing RESPECT. Sing along and remember the Queen of Soul.