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MDCR Director Arbulu Issues Statement on Passing of Aretha Franklin
August 16, 2018
Lansing - Statement from Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, on the passing of Aretha Franklin:
Aretha Franklin holds a singular place in the hearts of all Michiganders, because she was one of us. But she truly belonged to the nation. Along with her unparalleled musical talent, we will remember her for her work to advance civil and human rights. From touring with MLK, to posting bail for civil rights activists and donating concert proceeds in support of voting rights, she played an important role in one of the most significant social movements in history. She did not hide behind her celebrity, but neither did she seek the spotlight for her good works. She exemplified the intersectionality of music and civil rights. She represented the sound of many generations - our voices, our hopes, our pain. We will continue to celebrate her gifts for generations to come.