The Poetry of Democracy: Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson, and Aretha Franklin

The first time I interviewed Warren Haynes, he said, “We now live an era when someone can press a button on a computer to make a bad singer sound average, and someone can press a button on a computer to make an average singer sound good. But no one will ever be able to push a button to make someone sound like Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin.”

Aretha Franklin’s artistic might and magic defied all human limitation.

Thinking about her death, I revisited one of the most powerful moments of recent memory – When she and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. collaborated to eulogize Rosa Parks.

I wrote an essay on their soul stirring tribute to one of America’s greatest heroes.

 

Jackson Franklin