Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Flamboyant send-off celebrates Aretha Franklin's glittering star style

Flamboyant send-off celebrates Aretha Franklin's glittering star style

A public viewing will take place on August 28 and 29 at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Taylor Swift paid a special tribute to the late "Queen of Soul" Tuesday night, briefly stopping her concert in Detroit to hold a moment of silence for Aretha Franklin who died earlier this month. Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said: "After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy". May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. She'll be buried on Friday, Aug. 31. "She did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights".

Franklin married and divorced twice, and had four sons, including two by the time she was 15 years old. And on Tuesday, a local funeral home transported her body to a public viewing in a show-stopping vintage hearse: a white 1940 LaSalle.

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

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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. Former President Bill Clinton, for whom Franklin sang during his inaugural ceremony in 1993 and later at the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner in 1999, will reportedly be in attendance, the Free Press reported. "Being a singer is a natural gift", she once said.

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

She was awarded America's highest civilian honor by George W. Bush and tops Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

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