- 19 Feb 15
The essential role music played in spreading the message of Martin Luther King Jr. has been overlooked.
Martin Luther King strode into a hotel in Atlanta in August 1967 to the sound of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ blasting from the loudspeakers. He’d known Aretha a long time. Her father, the Rev. CL Franklin, Minister at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, was an old friend and fellow-campaigner. King usually stayed with the Franklins when he visited Detroit.