In the last few days, the world has lost two great and visionary leaders, who both contributed enormously to world peace, equal rights and social inclusion in their different ways. Embrace Everyone pays tribute to Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan, and encourages everyone to be inspired by their great legacies.
Aretha Franklin’s obituary in the Guardian can be read here and another one from BBC featuring some beautiful photos can be read here as well as a great piece describing the political and cultural impact of Respect, one of her greatest songs. She was a strong feminist and played a big part in the Civil Rights movement.
Aretha’s songs are to be found everywhere and many of them are featured in another article by the Guardian, “from the church to the dancefloor.” Many more can be found on you tube. Aretha Franklin passed on August 16th 2018 at the age of 76.
Ghana has declared a Week of National Mourning for one of its’ greatest sons, Kofi Annan. He was the first Black African UN Secretary-General from 1997-2006 and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2001. Please read his obituary in the Daily Graphic here and the Guardian here
Kofi’s legacy will continue in many ways; through the great work of the Kofi Annan Foundation, through the work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he was the founding chair, and through the work of The Elders, where he was Chair and an active member until his final days. Kofi Annan passed on August 18th 2018 at the age of 80.
May their souls rest in perfect peace and may their powerful legacies continue to inspire us for many years to come.