Thursday, August 11, 2011

Aretha Franklin will perform at inauguration of Martin Luther King memorial

NEW YORK (AP) - When I was young, Aretha Franklin used to accompany the Rev. Martin Luther King to the churches in the early days of the civil rights movement, and he asked to sing a particular song, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord ". The next August 28 at the opening of a monument in honor of King to be held in Washington, Franklin will sing that song to his mentor and friend.

"I see when that time comes. It will be another great moment in American history and African American history, "Franklin said in an interview Tuesday." This also means that after so many years of traveling with him in the early 60's when the movement began for civil rights, once again, many years later, will sing in her honor and in tribute to him.

I do not see when that time comes, and singing one of her favorite songs, the song that asked me, "the artist. Franklin, 69 years old, was an early promoter of the effort to honor the civil rights hero with a statue in the capital. It was even the star at a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2007 to raise funds for the memorial, a project that takes several years.

"I think this is a recognition of what we have advanced and wonderful place for him, between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial. We have come far, "he said. "And I think that's wonderful." The monuments stand on the National Mall, the park stretches between the Capitol and the temple of the Lincoln Memorial.

President Barack Obama, Stevie Wonder, poet Maya Angelou and other celebrities are scheduled to participate in the ceremony.

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