Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

June 12, 1955

On June 12, 1955, the Atlanta Daily World ran an advertisement for an upcoming gospel gathering featuring Rev. C. L. Franklin, the Ward Singers, the Suwanee Quintet, and the Five Trumpets. The ad promised “Something Different: Singing & Preaching.” In addition to being the pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, C. L. Franklin preached across the country, and his sermons were broadcast on radio and pressed onto records. By 1955, the thirteen-year-old Aretha Franklin, daughter of C. L. Franklin and Barbara Siggers, had been performing at New Bethel Baptist Church for several years. She soon started touring with her father and performing in gospel shows like this one.  

Rev. C. L. Franklin’s most famous sermon was “Dry Bones in the Valley.”

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