Franklin, C. L.

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Franklin, C. L. (Clarence LeVaughn)

(1915–84) clergyman, civil rights activist (father of Aretha Franklin); born near Indianola, Miss. He attended the seminary at Greenville Industrial College. Moving to Detroit in the early 1950s, he founded the New Bethel Baptist Church; there and through 30 years of radio broadcasts his powerful sermons reached a wide audience. In June 1963 he and Martin Luther King, Jr. led a large civil rights march in Detroit that prefigured King's more famous march on Washington, D.C.