Aretha Franklin in cocktail dress, golden casket at public viewing
Aretha Franklin in cocktail dress, golden casket at public viewing
Image A sign in downtown Detroit pays tribute to the singer
29 August, 2018, 10:32
The list of speakers includes former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Robinson, Cicely Tyson, record industry executive Clive Davis, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former United States attorney general Eric Holder.
Organizers tell 7 Action News that it's the flawless way to show the Queen of Soul respect in honor of her death.
Well-wishers are arriving at the culturally significant Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, where the Queen of Soul's body is lying in state.
Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m. Many of those in line were from Detroit, but others traveled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.
Former US president Bill Clinton - who was a long-time friend of Franklin - and singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson will also speak at the service.
People stood subdued on the marble floor to gaze at the roped-off musical icon, resplendent in her finery and ankles crossed in red pumps.
Franklin was dressed in red symbolic of her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
A family is photographed beneath a mural in tribute to the late singer Aretha Franklin outside the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
Many of those whose lives were touched by Aretha Franklin are gathering in the Queen of Soul's hometown of Detroit, Michigan, for her days-long funeral.
The Queen of Soul, Seniors said, was "a singer of the universe". But she represented and pushed for both in ways big and small - none, perhaps, more prominently or simultaneously as her mold-breaking take on the Otis Redding song, "Respect".
The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.
A star-studded, private funeral is set for August 31 at 10 a.m.at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
See photos and videos below from the viewing.
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