Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Hundreds Queue To Pay Their Respects To Aretha Franklin

Hundreds Queue To Pay Their Respects To Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin fans kicked off a four-day celebration of the soul legend's life and career in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday morning (28Aug18).

People are continuing to stream in for a second day to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin as she laid in repose in the rotunda of Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Franklin then was promoting her album "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics".

The funeral is strictly for family and friends of the singer, and music superstars Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson are among those set to perform.

The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

The funeral will open with a viewing featuring recorded songs by Franklin.

"I wasn't even going to do it, but I wanted to see her again", said Moorman, 57, as she waited with hundreds of others in a line that snaked around to the back of the museum and beyond.

The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). The same vehicle - owned by Swanson Funeral Home, which is handling all the arrangements - also carried civil rights icon Rosa Parks as well as Franklin's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, who was a fixture in Detroit.

Outside the museum, she said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music".

Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, handsome gowns".

Ann Fortson, 63, said: "She was a symbol for us".

"I would like it if we could take a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her", she continued.

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