What is Soul?

Who best to answer that question than the Queen of Soul– Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin – Lift Every Voice & Sing – LIVE

Oh my, Lord that woman can SING! Is there a doubt!!! Music is as much a part of black culture as the color black.

Aretha Franklin Sammy Davis Jr. 1968 Respect Think

Aretha Franklin – Think


You got to use caution…. Stay alive… EVerybody DON’T Drink and Drive! Do Not Drink and Drive! Give the key for Safety!

Amazing Grace – Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats 1999 album

Now I see…I feel the spirit!

Aretha Franklin – Respect [1967] (Original Version)

The Negro National Anthem

Lift Every Voice and Sing  by James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
let our rejoicing rise,
high as the list’ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea
sing a song full of faith that the dark past has tought us,
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chast’ning rod,
felt in the day that hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet,
come to the place on witch our fathers sighed?
we have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
we have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
thou who has by thy might,
led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray
lest our feet stray frm the places, our God, where we met thee,
least our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
shadowed beneath the hand,
may we forever stand,
tru to our God,
Tru to our native land.