AARP recently discovered an original song by Aretha Franklin in its vault, and is sharing it for the first time with the world today in honor of the Queen of Soul's admirable life.
But how exactly did Franklin manage to record an original song most of her fans have never heard?
Well, back in 2007, "the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to empowering people 50 and older" tapped Franklin to sing "Stand Up for Yourself." The original tune was the theme song for AARP's Divided We Fail coalition, and was featured in the accompanying video. The coalition sought to end partisan gridlock in Congress. According to press materials, "Though business and labor unions often oppose each other, the point of the campaign was that these groups agree on a series of tenets, including affordable health care for everyone, which would eventually lead to the Affordable Care Act, and a strengthened Social Security system."
Franklin was known for using her voice for activism during the Civil Rights Movement, and "Stand Up for Yourself" proves she remained committed to the fight throughout her career.
AARP has released the song via its podcast Take On Today. It's worth a listen because the organization reveals the history and significance of "Stand Up for Yourself." You can also watch the music video here.
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