At Aretha Franklin's Funeral, Gospel Was The Heart - And Backbone

Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

It is the objective of the survivors of any deceased, whether it be Aretha Franklin or John Smith, to handle affairs as simply and quickly as you can.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well of the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind for the service that may well exceed five hours. "When Aretha Franklin sang, it felt like the voice of Detroit".

The casket was carried to the church that also sent Franklin's father, the renowned minister C.L. Franklin, to his and Parks' final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the singer will join them.

She is well known for songs like "Superwoman", "Gladys Knight & the Pips" and "Missing You".

Franklin, loved not only for her powerful voice but her civil rights work, was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown.

Clinton said that Franklin appeared to be very ill, but that she still spent 45 minutes singing in front of the crowd in West Harlem.

Obama added in his letter: "Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love".

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park".

Aretha Franklin covered burial expenses of needy
The body of the legendary singer is to lie in honor for public visitation starting at 9 a.m.at the museum. The Sun reports that the singing sensation's body is now lying in state at Detroit's Charles H.

Among those to perform during the ceremony was Ariana Grande, who was invited to perform after impressing Franklin's family with her tribute on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show in the wake of the singer's death on August 16. She also reveled in the great jazz musicians of the past, Stevie Wonder and the great Louis Armstrong.

"I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic", she said in a statement. I'll miss you, my buddy.

Aretha, a figurehead for the civil rights movement, also performed at Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, but the politician and his wife Michelle Obama are unable to attend the funeral today. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"

He went on to criticise President Trump, whose initial tribute to Franklin two weeks ago said, "she worked for me on numerous occasions".

Actress Cicely Tyson reworked the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "When Malindy Sings" to "When Aretha Sings".

Bill Clinton, who was president from 1993 until 2001, led the tributes to "the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century". "We don't have queens and kings in America, so she is our queen".

The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the US, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks. "He sang, "... for the rest of my life, gonna be thinking about you.

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