Friday, 21 September, 2018

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul to lie in state in Detroit

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Michele Schwartz | 30 August, 2018, 17:59

Franklin is wearing the color signifying her membership to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. whose colors are Crimson and Cream, according to reports.

Hundreds of people are lining up to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.

Court documents show the I Say a Little Prayer legend had no will at the time of her death, reports United States entertainment website TMZ. "She has a lovely smile". I mean, what else is there to say about the Queen of Soul, beyond "MADONNA"?

Well-wishers are arriving at the culturally significant Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, where the Queen of Soul's body is lying in state.

Aretha Franklin's two-day public viewing began Tuesday in Detroit and, of course, throngs of people showed to up to pay their respects. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced.

Yet, she added, "so unapologetically black - she was so proud of being a black woman".

"I was a fan of her music".

Franklin had been a constant in Gibson's life. "She went through the back door so people who look like me could go through the front door".

This week, Franklin's home city of Detroit has transformed into a massive tribute to the beloved singer.

The Queen of Soul was, Ms Seniors said, "a singer of the universe".

Franklin died on August 16th at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. "But to have done her birthday party [a few years ago] and to stand there and watch her watch me sing - Don, I had to fight back the tears the whole time". Her soaring voice, seared with emotion, would become the inspirational standard for other singers to match.

Detroit's Greater Grace Temple is calling on pink Cadillac owners to line up before Friday's funeral to make a "Freeway of Love" in Franklin's memory.

The women came to their activism from different places and used different techniques, but "in the long run, they were both fighting for the same cause, which is freedom", Seniors said.

See photos and videos below from the viewing.

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