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Rev. C.L. Franklin

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The pastor of Detroit's Bethel Baptist Church, a confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., and father of Aretha Franklin, this charismatic preacher is known for "hair-raising" sermons. ~ Bil Carpenter

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Birth Name:

Clarence LeVaughn Franklin


22 January 1915 in Sunflower County, MS

Years Active:

'40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s