Jan. 22, 1915: Pastor CL Franklin – father of Aretha Franklin – born

On this day in 1915, Clarence LaVaughn (C.L.) Franklin is born in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

Known as “the man with the million dollar voice,” Franklin will become an ordained preacher at age 16, lead churches in Memphis and Buffalo, and pastor New Bethel Baptist Church, beginning in 1946. He will champion civil rights and labor union causes in Detroit and become a close friend to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as pioneer the practice of recording gospel sermons and music ministries on vinyl.
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One of his four children, Aretha, will become a world renowned recording artist. C.L. Franklin will join the ancestors in 1984 after a five-year battle with a coma resulting from gun shots sustained during a burglary attempt at his west side home on June 10,1979. buy ivermectin online https://cpff.ca/wp-content/languages/new/overthecounter/ivermectin.html over the counter

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.