Detroit’s Queen of Soul was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize today, one of two special citations given by the awards committee which recognizes outstanding achievement in arts and journalism.
Aretha Franklin was given the honor “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” Franklin’s death in 2018 brought an international re-examination of her legacy, and an outpouring of recognition for her body of work.
Today would have been Aretha Franklin’s 77th birthday, but her music lives on.
Last year when Franklin passed, we put together several curated playlists on the City of Detroit’s official Spotify account digging deep — deep — into her rich musical catalogue. What’s your mood today? Choose based on our selections.
For Detroiters like me, there is no beginning or introduction to Aretha Franklin. She was just always there. I was not lucky enough to have been alive when she cut her first album at a black-owned indie label on Hastings Street, not alive to witness her singing in the choir at her father’s church. I can never claim a moment to when I first heard a song like “Think” or “Do Right Woman - Do Right Man” on the radio. I can’t ever say I felt the importance of why representation matters when I saw her bouffant on Time magazine.
If one were to go through a list of the most notable of intersections in Detroit — Mack and Bewick, Dexter and Davison, Seven Mile and Gratiot among them — then 12th and Clairmount might be at the top. Detroiters know it’s the historic site where the 1967 rebellion broke out, but for those living there — especially those still living there long after the last tank left — it’s home.
A community meeting will be held on July 11 for residents in and around the 12th Street and Clairmount area to discuss improvements to the area.
The meeting is hosted by the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department and will gather resident feedback on proposed development in the area.
The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walker Williams Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.detroitmi.gov/PDD.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.