Sorority hosts packed tribute to Aretha Franklin

31 August, 2018, 23:01 | Author: Heather Diaz
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Aretha Franklin's body arrived at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Tuesday morning in a white LaSalle as people lined the streets outside waiting to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.

"The family of Aretha Franklin wanted to take a respectful photo to share with her millions of fans around the world who could not attend the viewing", Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told Inside Edition.

As Franklin's powerful vocals from classic gospel performances were piped through the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer looked as if she was preparing for one more performance.

Aretha Franklin's funeral services will span four days, with two public viewings available to her fans and community.

Considered royalty in her MI hometown of Detroit, people travelled from far and wide to wait outside the museum.

Her accomplishments and musical contributions are those that will not be forgotten.

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Hundreds of music lovers slept on the sidewalk overnight to ensure they were among the first to say a farewell to the global star, who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this month.

The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn says the funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple and is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends. "It's just an honour to be able to be here to pay tribute to her", one man told Detroit's Local 4 News. Indeed, a group of women were singing her hit "Freeway of Love".

Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality. "The way she loved and treated individuals, and she always remained down to earth", said Mary Jones, who wore an "I love Aretha" T-shirt and made the four-hour drive from OH to pay her respects.

"She meant so much to so many people", said Frances Billingslea, 59, of Detroit's west side.

The Wright Museum previously hosted a similar public viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.

Aretha Franklin's life and musical legacy will be celebrated with a free concert at Detroit's Chene Park Amphitheatre on August 30.

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