Connect with us

US & World

Aretha Franklin: the sound of America’s Civil Rights Movement

The Queen of Soul created the soundtrack that inspired millions to fight for racial equality.

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)

Published

on

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.

“She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha’s music transcended race, nationality and religion and helped people from all backgrounds to recognize what they had in common,” said longtime civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.

Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was a close confidante of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a financial lifeline to the civil rights organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The Queen of Soul’s commitment to civil rights was instilled by her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who also knew King and preached social justice from his pulpit at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

!– BEGIN THEIA POST SLIDER —

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.
“She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha’s music transcended race, nationality and religion and helped people from all backgrounds to recognize what they had in common,” said longtime civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.
Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was a close confidante of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a financial lifeline to the civil rights organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The Queen of Soul’s commitment to civil rights was instilled by her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who also knew King and preached social justice from his pulpit at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
Jesse Jackson, Betty Shabazz, Tom Todd, Aretha Franklin, Louis Stokes
The church, in fact, was the first place King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Among those in the congregation were Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. It was Jackson who later urged the civil rights leader to “tell them about the dream, Martin” at the March on Washington, where he delivered the oration for which he is most famous.
Franklin recorded “Respect” on Valentine’s Day 1967. Black Americans had already won federal legislation outlawing segregation and protecting their voting rights, particularly in the Deep South.
But blacks were still a year away from the Fair Housing Act. And just months after the song was recorded, urban centers, including Franklin’s hometown of Detroit, would burn, exposing police brutality and unequal living conditions and job opportunities.
“Her songs were songs of the movement,” Andrew Young, the former King lieutenant and U.N. ambassador, said Thursday. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. … That’s basically what we wanted. The movement was about respect.”
The SCLC often struggled financially, but Franklin played a vital role in keeping the movement afloat.
“Almost every time we needed money, there were two people we could always count on: Aretha Franklin and Harry Belafonte,” Young said. “They would get together and have a concert, and that would put us back on our feet.”
[caption id=”attachment_36876″ align=”alignright” width=…
Thanks for reading this short excerpt from the paid post! Fancy buying it to read all of it?

Read now, pay later
1 Month of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 month. (cancellable anytime)
9.99
USD
1 Year of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 year. (cancellable anytime)
99.99
USD
Powered by

Buy a subscription to read the full content.

One more thing...

Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.

Colorado

Pueblo woman takes on a Mormon church accusing leaders of covering up 1980s rape

Puebloan McKenna Denson crashed church services in Utah calling out the Joseph L. Bishop for allegedly sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.

Published

on

McKenna Denson, of Pueblo, Colo., attempts to speak to a Mormon Church in Prove, UT claiming church leaders are hiding that a former missionary leader raped her in the 1980s. She is suing over the alleged rape. (YouTube)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who sued a former Mormon missionary leader claiming that he raped her in the 1980s went to his church in Arizona on Sunday and told his congregation that church leaders are covering for a “sexual predator.” McKenna Denson was ushered away from the podium at the Mormon church in Chandler, Arizona, shortly after she began talking during a monthly segment in Mormon services when church members are invited to share their testimony, shows a video posted online. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints criticized Denson’s actions, calling it disappointing that someone would interrupt worship services for personal gain. A judge recently dismissed part of Denson’s lawsuit against the church because the statute of limitations had passed, but allowed a fraud claim to stand because the alleged cover-up was discovered recently. All the claims were dismissed against Bishop, who denied the accusations but acknowledged in a police interview that he asked her to expose herself when she was 21, according to police documents. Denson, 55, of Pueblo, Colorado, introduced herself as a visitor and said she loved the savior before telling everyone that the now-85-year-old Joseph L. Bishop is “sexual predator” who raped her and that Mormon leaders are now covering for him. It’s unclear if Bishop was at the church. Bishop oversaw hundreds of young people as president of the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah, in the 1980s. After Denson made clear why she was there, a man then approache…

!– BEGIN THEIA POST SLIDER —

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who sued a former Mormon missionary leader claiming that he raped her in the 1980s went to his church in Arizona on Sunday and told his congregation that church leaders are covering for a “sexual predator.”
McKenna Denson was ushered away from the podium at the Mormon church in Chandler, Arizona, shortly after she began talking during a monthly segment in Mormon services when church members are invited to share their testimony, shows a video posted online.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints criticized Denson’s actions, calling it disappointing that someone would interrupt worship services for personal gain.

FILE – In this April 5, 2018, file photo, McKenna Denson speaks with reporters during a news conference in Salt Lake City. Denson, a woman who sued a former Mormon missionary leader claiming that he raped her in the 1980s, went to his congregation in Arizona and said church leaders are covering for a “sexual predator.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)


A judge recently dismissed part of Denson’s lawsuit against the church because the statute of limitations had passed, but allowed a fraud claim to stand because the alleged cover-up was discovered recently. All the claims were dismissed against Bishop, who denied the accusations but acknowledged in a police interview that he asked her to expose herself when she was 21, according to police documents.
Denson, 55, of Pueblo, Colorado, introduced herself as a visitor and said she loved the savior before telling everyone that the now-85-year-old Joseph L. Bishop is “sexual predator” who raped her and that Mormon leaders are now covering for him.
It’s unclear if Bishop was at the church.
Bishop oversaw hundreds of young people as president of the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah, in the 1980s.
After Denson made clear why she was there, a man then approached Denson and told her she needed to sit down, offering to talk with her later. She said she wasn’t finished.
“For the atonement to take place, we …
Thanks for reading this short excerpt from the paid post! Fancy buying it to read all of it?
Read now, pay later
1 Month of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 month. (cancellable anytime)
9.99
USD
1 Year of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 year. (cancellable anytime)
99.99
USD
Powered by

Buy a subscription to read the full content.

One more thing...

Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.
Continue Reading

Colorado

70,000 Colorado homes to be powered by Wyoming wind farm

The proposed 75 turbine wind farm would power homes in Northern Colorado

Published

on

A proposed wind energy project in southern Wyoming could provide power to more than 70,000 homes in several communities in northern Colorado.

The Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project, which would be operated by Utah-based Enyo Renewable Energy, would use 75 turbines to generate 150 megawatts of energy annually for homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Sunday.

If approved, the wind farm would become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power. It would be operated on more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) of private and public land in Laramie County, and the power would be sold to Platte River Power Authority, a Colorado-based energy company.

In addition to turbines, an above-ground transmission line would carry power from the wind farm to Rawhide Energy Station near Wellington, Colorado.

!– BEGIN THEIA POST SLIDER —

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposed wind energy project in southern Wyoming could provide power to more than 70,000 homes in several communities in northern Colorado.
The Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project, which would be operated by Utah-based Enyo Renewable Energy, would use 75 turbines to generate 150 megawatts of energy annually for homes in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont and Estes Park, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Sunday.
If approved, the wind farm would become one of northern Colorado’s largest sources of wind power. It would be operated on more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) of private and public land in Laramie County, and the power would be sold to Platte River Power Authority, a Colorado-based energy company.
In addition to turbines, an above-ground transmission line would carry power from the wind farm to Rawhide Energy Station near Wellington, Colorado.
Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming, said it’s common for companies outside of Wyoming to tap into the state’s wind potential.
“Wyoming has actually built its energy infrastructure to export most of the electricity produced here,” he said. “The wind resource here is really good. The wind blo…
Thanks for reading this short excerpt from the paid post! Fancy buying it to read all of it?

Read now, pay later
1 Month of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 month. (cancellable anytime)
9.99
USD
1 Year of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 year. (cancellable anytime)
99.99
USD
Powered by

Buy a subscription to read the full content.

One more thing...

Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.
Continue Reading

Colorado

Cautionary Approach – New Mexico’s rail woes are a lesson for Colorado’s front range rail

New Mexico’s Rail Runner troubles provide a cautionary tale for Colorado’s proposed Front Range passenger rail project.

Published

on

To gauge the potential of Colorado’s planned north-south Front Range Passenger Rail between Trinidad and Fort Collins, perhaps it might help to look at another north-south passenger train system which has been operating in New Mexico for about a decade now.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express (the moniker is a play on the name of the state bird, the roadrunner) is a double-decker, north-south passenger rail system that runs between the town of Belen, N.M., which is south of the state’s largest city, Albuquerque and New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe.

Each Rail Runner train is powered by one locomotive which always faces south and operates in reverse when going north in what is called a push-pull configuration.

Rail_runner_system_map.JPG

New Mexico Rail Runner Train Routes

The two-phase (Phase II was completed in December 2008) Rail Runner system cost $385 million to build. By comparison, full environment clearance alone (Phase III) for Colorado’s proposed five-phase Front Range Passenger Rail could cost up to $300 million. The construction cost for the Front Range project has not been determined.

One might consider that the Rail Runner is the yet-to-be-built Front Range Passenger Rail in microcosm. The Rail Runner’s track distance from beginning to end is only 96 miles compared with the roughly 260 miles of track needed for the proposed Front Range Passenger Rail. And the two largest population centers on the Rail Runner’s route (the Albuquerque metropolitan area and Santa Fe) just total about 987,000 people, whereas the four largest population centers that are planned to be served by the Front Range Passenger Rail (the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, and Fort Collins and Pueblo) have a total population of roughly 3.7 million people.

Ridership falling

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and another public entity, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (Rio Metro), oversee Rail Runner’s operation.

!– BEGIN THEIA POST SLIDER —

To gauge the potential of Colorado’s planned north-south Front Range Passenger Rail between Trinidad and Fort Collins, perhaps it might help to look at another north-south passenger train system which has been operating in New Mexico for about a decade now.
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express (the moniker is a play on the name of the state bird, the roadrunner) is a double-decker, north-south passenger rail system that runs between the town of Belen, N.M., which is south of the state’s largest city, Albuquerque and New Mexico’s capital city, Santa Fe.
Each Rail Runner train is powered by one locomotive which always faces south and operates in reverse when going north in what is called a push-pull configuration.
The two-phase (Phase II was completed in December 2008) Rail Runner system cost $385 million to build. By comparison, full environment clearance alone (Phase III) for Colorado’s proposed five-phase Front Range Passenger Rail could cost up to $300 million. The construction cost for the Front Range project has not been determined.

New Mexico Rail Runner Train Routes


One might consider that the Rail Runner is the yet-to-be-built Front Range Passenger Rail in microcosm. The Rail Runner’s track distance from beginning to end is only 96 miles compared with the roughly 260 miles of track needed for the proposed Front Range Passenger Rail. And the two largest population centers on the Rail Runner’s route (the Albuquerque metropolitan area and Santa Fe) just total about 987,000 people, whereas the four largest population centers that are planned to be served by the Front Range Passenger Rail (the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas, and Fort Collins and Pueblo) have a total population of roughly 3.7 million people.

Ridership falling

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and another public entity, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (Rio Metro), oversee Rail Runner’s operation.
Ridership numbers for the passenger rail service provided by NMDOT and Rio Metro through the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) show a passenger rail service in steady decline from a peak of 1,239,805 passengers in 2010. Since 2011, ridership has dropped every year from it’s peak of 1.23 million passengers to roughly 811,000 in 2017. This year ridership is expected is on pace to be lower still as the line has seen only 306.2k passengers tickets punched through May of this year.
And the Rail Runner operates at a deficit – a big one. A private contractor, Herzog Transit Services Inc., handles the maintenance of the Rail Runner line and equipment at a cost of $17.5 million annually. Figuring in the Herzog contract, it costs about $26 million a year to operate Rail Runner. And last year only about $2.15 million was collected from train fares, all according to figures provided by Augusta Meyers, communications manager for MRCOG.
Meyers says MRCOG has learned after years of operation that Rail Runner ridership depends on two key factors. “We have now had an opportunity to see more clearly how things like the economy and gas prices affect day-to-day service. This is especially apparent in an area like central New Mexico where we don’t have the kind of congestion that forces people to use public transportation.
“When gas prices surpass $2.70 … a gallon, we notice a definite increase in ridership – even as much as 30-percent in some cases,” she says. “Likewise, when they drop to somewhere around the two-dollar mark, we notice that people tend to stay in their vehicles rather than opt for the train.”
A large portion of Rail Runner commuters are those who travel on weekdays – people who work at state jobs and need to get to Santa Fe.
“However, a few years ago with the downturn in the economy, we saw a reduction in state positions, and that too affected ridership numbers,” Meyers says.
But Meyers steadfastly defends the commuter train that is running in the red. “Overall, the Rail Runner serves a vital need within our population – not only offering a convenient and affordable mode of transportation, but also giving people choices when it comes to their daily commute,” she says.

The Santa Fe Station. (Stock / Adobe)

‘Upside-down deal’

New Mexico state Sen. Pat Woods says the Rail Runner is “not a moneymaker” because the plummeting ridership does not justify the cost.
“It’s an upside-down deal that’s costing us to hell… We would all love a new mode of transit that people could use,” the senator says referring to the Rail Runner, “but our ridership is so low that we can’t make it affordable.”
Woods serves on the Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee in the New Mexico Legislature. He adds that he heard from a NMDOT official that…
Thanks for reading this short excerpt from the paid post! Fancy buying it to read all of it?

Read now, pay later

This article
Cautionary Approach – New Mexico's rail woes are a lesson for Colorado's front range rail
0.84
USD
1 Month of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 month. (cancellable anytime)
9.99
USD
1 Year of Support
Support PULP journalism for 1 year. (cancellable anytime)
99.99
USD
Powered by

Buy a subscription to read the full content.

One more thing...

Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.
Continue Reading

One more thing...

Local and independent journalism is under threat in the West and you can change that.  With corporate raiders slashing newsrooms across the West, the PULP is one of the "Last Locals" in Colorado to produce original, compelling journalism missing in today's profit hungry world. But that costs money, time and hard work. We don't believe in spamming you with ads and that's why we need your help.

For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.

Newsletter

The Colorado

Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending