WATCH LIVE HERE as millions say goodbye to Aretha

03 September, 2018, 21:45 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power

Former US president Bill Clinton extolled her gifts, courage and compassion, sharing his memory of her final public performance, in November 2017, when she was already ill but performed with gusto.

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

Some fans were admitted into the church to sit behind Franklin's family. He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone. Many also mentioned her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and his civil rights leadership, which influenced his daughter from a young age.

"Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings", Victorie Franklin said.

In a video interview, she revealed to WDIV-TV that the last time she spoke to Aretha, she told her about the diagnosis.

The mayor brought the crowd to its feet when he announced a plan to rename the popular Chene Park for Franklin. In a nod to her hit song "Freeway of Love", pink Cadillacs led the procession to Woodlawn Cemetery, where she is now buried.

The "superwoman" singer added that due to early detection she was able to survive cancer.




Franklin's niece Sabrina Owens, who was to read an obituary, told CNN the funeral service would pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of the church. That is what Aretha has said throughout her life. "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate". "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues.

The Rev. Al Sharpton took a jab at President Trump on Friday - saying he needs a lesson in respect after referring to Aretha Franklin as someone "who used to work for me" immediately after her passing.

One wrote: "I'm sorry you had to do through something uncomfortable like that!"

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.

Robinson, the Motown great, remembered first hearing Franklin play piano when he was just 8 and remained close to her for the rest of her life. An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces". Here are five books in celebration of the unmatched and classical Aretha Franklin.

Former President Bill Clinton was also on hand and sat in the front row with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the USA, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

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