Aretha! Queen of Soul: A PBS Remembrance Special

August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018).

To mark the passing of Aretha Franklin at the age of 76, PBS and WNET will present a half-hour remembrance special, Aretha! Queen of Soul on Saturday, August 18, 7:30-8 p.m. This program will include archival footage from Aretha Franklin’s storied career and interviews that will highlight the legacy of America’s beloved “Queen of Soul.” The special will be produced by the PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND team and hosted by Hari Sreenivasan.

The program will be available to stream on the PBS NEWSHOUR page of and PBS apps on Friday, August 17 at 9 p.m.

When Aretha Franklin re-recorded Otis Redding’s “Respect,” she created not only a classic Soul hit, but also an anthem for the feminist and civil rights movements. In 2017, the series American Masters honored 50 years of “Respect” as part of its #InspiringWomanPBS campaign, which highlights the powerful, creative, and innovative women in our lives. Music journalists and activists share their experience of the song and insights in the video, below.

50 Years of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”