Washington Remembers the Queen of Soul


FILE – In this March 26, 1973 file photo, soul singer Aretha Franklin appears at a news conference. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo, File)

  Politicians and Journalist in Washington are reacting to Aretha Franklin’s death. The Queen of Soul was no stranger to the nation’s capital.  Our Brie Jackson has reaction from lawmakers and those who knew the singer well.

Aretha Franklin was a White House regular.  She performed there a number of times during the Obama administration. 

And President George W. Bush awarded her the Medal of Freedom in 2005.

President Trump praised the singer and sent condolences to her family.

 “Her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God 

Her angelic voice transcended racial and cultural barriers. Senator Tim Scott says songs like respect serve as a soundtrack for all Americans.

“She’s had an incredible impact on not only the music industry but on our nation”

Her talents were celebrated across party lines during her prominent performances in Washington D.C.

Including the time President Barack Obama wiped away tears as the legendary singer belted out “Natural Woman”.

The Kennedy Center’s President called the performance..

“One of the highlights of my professional career”.

People who knew the Queen of Soul told Eyewitness News Reporter Brie Jackson, she was a force behind the scenes in the nation’s capital….using her platform to promote important issues like voting rights

 Veteran journalist Roland Martin says Franklin often donated concert proceeds to help political causes.

Martin says the music icon also had a humorous side. He recalls an unusual request Franklin made before singing at the White House.

“She wanted the room to be warm for her voice, so here it hot outside and they have to turn the fireplace on in the White House for the Queen,” said Roland Martin

With warm memories of her fiery music, fans from all walks of life are saying they’ll never forget the Queen of Soul.

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