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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Statement from Congresswoman Lawrence on the Passing of Detroit Legend, Aretha Franklin

August 16, 2018
Press Release

Detroit, MI. – “Today, the Queen of Soul has left this world; but her life and legacy has left us all with something we can truly feel. Aretha Franklin was soul personified and she gave us the gift of her voice, her truth and her unapologetic passion to demand compassion, love and R-E-S-P-E-C-T for women everywhere. An iconic entertainer, powerful civil rights leader and a beautiful spirit who I am privileged to call friend. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.”