Aretha Franklin may be given the highest commendation from Congress, which was first awarded to George Washington. The AP reports that a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate is introducing legislation to honor the soul icon posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal.
“The ‘Queen of Soul,’ who died last week at 76, ‘instilled hope, uplifted generations, and changed the lives of millions,’ according to the bill introduced Tuesday by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah,” the AP reports. “They were joined by Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican, Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan and the senators from her home state of Tennessee.”
Harris said Franklin’s music was “the soundtrack of my childhood.”