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C. L. Franklin
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    (January 22, 1915-July 27, 1984)
    Born in Sunflower County, Mississippi
    Birth name was Clarence LaVaughn Walker
    Baptist minister and civil rights activist
    Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan (1946-79)
    Father of Erma Franklin (born 1938), Aretha Franklin (born 1942), and Carolyn Franklin (born 1944)
    Known as 'the man with the Million-Dollar Voice'
    Famous sermons include 'The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest' and 'Dry Bones in the Valley'
    He cheated on his wife with gospel singer Clara Ward.
    He charged up to $4,000 for public appearances.
    He was accused of using his church as a front for wild orgies.
    The New Bethel Baptist church's reputation was such a badly kept secret that even Ray Charles later called it 'a sex circus.’
    Several of Aretha's biographers have attributed her pregnancy at the age of 12 to the licentious environment he fostered. (Rumors that he had fathered the baby were proven untrue, but it reflected poorly on his own character that it was even considered plausible.)
    When his second (estranged) wife, Barbara Siggers, died of a heart attack, he did not attend the funeral.
    Aretha most certainly inherited her powerful singing voice from him.
    He encouraged Aretha with her singing career, and took her as a child with him on speaking tours and musical engagements .
    He would integrate his bluesy style of Gospel music into his sermons - an innovation for the time.
    He was active in the Civil Rights movement and was good friends with Martin Luther King.
    He was shot twice at point blank range in what was likely an attempted home robbery (June 10, 1979). He was in a coma for five years as a result.
    His sermon 'The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest' was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress (2011).

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