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DETROIT (BP) -- From the submissive surrender of her "Amazing Grace" to the womanly exclamations of "Respect" and other provocative hits, the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin is widely remembered for the gospel music foundations she learned at her father's Baptist church.
New Bethel Baptist Church (non-SBC), the Detroit congregation where Franklin grew up singing in the choir and performing solos, grieved her death Aug. 16 at age 76 of advanced pancreatic cancer.
Franklin's popularity in African American gospel predates her first album at age 14, "Amazing Grace," but "gospel music influenced her more than she influenced gospel music," Southern Baptist pastor Marshal Ausberry told Baptist Press. Ausberry, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va., leads the National African American Fellowship of nearly 4,000 Southern Baptist congregations. Read More