Aretha Franklin Offered To Post Angela Davis’ Bail In 1970

“I’m going to see her free… because she’s a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people,” Franklin said of the civil rights leader.

The “Queen of Soul” once offered to post bail for civil rights leader Angela Davis.

Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970 that she would pay Davis’ bail after the social justice warrior was arrested on charges relating to an armed takeover of a California courtroom during which four people died.

In the Jet clip, which began circulating after Franklin died Thursday morning, the iconic singer, who was 28 at the time, said she would post bail for then-26-year-old Davis because she “wants freedom for Black people.”

“Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free,” Franklin is quoted as saying in the article.

“I’ve been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.

Jail is hell to be in. I’m going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she’s a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people,” she continued. “I have the money; I got it from Black people ― they’ve made me financially able to have it ― and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.”

The Queen of Soul said she would pay the bond “whether it’s $100,000 or $250,000.” Davis, who was prosecuted on conspiracy charges, was acquitted on all counts two years later.

Via: Huff Post

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