Aretha Franklin Recalls Life on the Road as a Young Girl

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"We’ve come a long way…because of Dr. King and the civil-rights movement, my life is forever changed,” says Aretha Franklin.

At a recent premiere of Selma film, Aretha Franklin told Page Six about her touring adventures before Martin Luther King lead the Civil Rights Movement. “When I was a little girl, I remember there were certain restaurants that I could not eat at. We went to the market instead. We brought groceries and ate in the car.”

The Memphis-born singer, who currently resides in Detroit, reflected on her travels with her father during a time when Blacks weren’t treated fairly.

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“When we’d stop to get gas, we had to go to certain gas stations because we could not use the restrooms at all of them,” said the Queen of Soul. “We could only use the restrooms at Gulf. We’ve come a long way…because of Dr. King and the civil-rights movement, my life is forever changed.”

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