1214 Bake Sale with Movie Showing and Discussion: Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace
Friday, 11:00–3:00, Dec. 13
(Bake Sale: 11:00–12:30, Movie, Book Reading & Discussion 12:30–3:00)
Coordinator/Discussion Leader: Michelle Blandburg
Bring your lunch, buy some homemade goodies (to benefit FOLLI), and join us for a showing of Aretha Franklin’s musical documentary, Amazing Grace, followed by commentary and film discussion. Excerpts from Aretha's autobiography will also be read.
Aretha Franklin was universally acknowledged as the “Queen of Soul.” Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career including the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), she also was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame (2005) and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2012). In 2010, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked her number one on its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number nine on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2019 awarded Franklin a posthumous special citation "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."
Recently released, the remarkable 1972 documentary “Amazing Grace” shows another side of this dynamic diva. It is Aretha in her youth, a shy young woman at a Los Angeles church singing the pure gospel music she was born into and raised on. She is accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir under the direction of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland (considered the “King of Gospel” and a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound). It also features her father, the esteemed Reverend C. L. Franklin. New Yorker Magazine called this documentary “A glory of musical cinema!” To quote Rolling Stone, “It will make you feel as if you’ve seen the face of God!”
Michelle Blandburg is a lover of music, cinema and theater. She is an active OLLI member, serving on the Board of Directors, numerous committees, and the OLLI Players.