270-Page Reveals the FBI Kept Tabs on Aretha Franklin and Family Members Due to Their Civil Rights Ties 

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American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1986. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Music fans weren’t the only ones following Aretha Franklin’s journey in the ’60s and ’70s. According to recently unsealed documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept a close watch on the iconic singer over the years due to her ties to the civil rights movement. 

The discovery was made four years following Franklin’s death in 2018 after reporter Jen Dize submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, making the late singer’s 270-page file public, Courage News reported. Dize noted on Twitter that although the documents were incomplete, they demonstrated “repeated and disgusting suspicion” of the “Ever Changing Times” singer, “her work and activists around her.”

American musician Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1986. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

NEWS: Years ago, I FOIA’d @fbi files on Aretha Franklin. Today, I received the files. While incomplete, they show repeated and disgusting suspicion of the famed Black singer, her work, and activists around her. : pic.twitter.com/okQjywnrKq

— Jenn Dize Follow @Courage_News! (@jennelizabethj) September 7, 2022

Dize broke down lengthy filing in several posts which mention Franklin’s relationship with members of the movement, including her 1967 and 1968 performances at Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference meetings, described as a “communist infiltration.” As well as the late singer’s alleged role in a memorial show in honor of Dr. King that was set to take place days following his assassination. The performance eventually never took place.

Franklin’s father, Clarence “C.L.” Franklin’s public discussion of China as a growing power in the ’60s was also noted.  Records reportedly claimed that “SCLC leadership has taken a ‘hate America and ‘pro communist’ line, which the mass of Negroes will not recognize but which they will blindly follow.”

Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlon Brando, Mahalia Jackson, and The Supremes were marked among those accused of having “supported militant black power concept and most have been in forefront of various civil rights movements.”

(cont’d) “Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin…Of this group, some have supported militant Black power concept…[performance at MLK memorial by these prominent entertainers] would provide emotional spark which could ignite racial disturbance in this area.” pic.twitter.com/cMWw1xtYXp

— Jenn Dize Follow @Courage_News! (@jennelizabethj) September 7, 2022

“[The concert] would provide emotional spark which could ignite racial disturbance in this area.” …read more

Source:: Atlanta Black Star – News

      

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