The Queen of Soul was a rare member of American royalty that led the way through some of the country’s most troubling times. With her magnificent voice, she dazzled the eardrums of those who listened to her and empowered the passions of those who followed her. Aretha Franklin’s music gave a significant boost to issues that still plague us today: civil and women’s rights. Her contributions in those social issues and in the arena of music saw the Queen of Soul recognized by multiple US Presidents, as she sang their entrance into the White House. Now that she’s passed, we take a look at some of her most lasting contributions to music, and iconic moments in history that defined the era in which she lived.