Aretha Franklin fans gather at public viewing

31 August, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Paul Sancya  AP

At least 20 performers are scheduled to participate, including Stevie Wonder, Shirley Caesar, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande. But this week that situation was remedied when the 2007 recording of Franklin's rousing, political anthem "Stand Up For Yourself" was released online by the American Association of Retired People.

Franklin will lie in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on both Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29, the singer's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed.

Swanson Funeral Home Director O'Neil Swanson II said Franklin will get new outfits for another review Thursday at New Bethel Church and for her memorial service Friday.

Hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin at a packed ceremony that capped a day of mourning in Detroit. Franklin urged us to, 'Let's make the choice: We stand as one because divided we fail.' Her plea is as timeless today as it was more than a decade ago. Her music reflected her life as a strong and independent woman, encouraging others to follow in her footsteps and demand the respect of being treated like a human being. "I didn't see it, but ... she just looked gorgeous, peaceful", Kidd said. "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

Fans began to line up in the middle of the night on Wednesday, too.

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Swift went on to say that Franklin "was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement".

Ms Moorman did not know Franklin personally, but that did not seem to matter.

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. The music, she said, drew her in as it conveyed joy, pain and all things in between.

The pop star then called for the lights to be cut and a moment of silence before adding, "We love you Aretha".

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