Aretha Franklin's funeral punctuated with calls to respect black America | News

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Detroit's Greater Grace Temple was packed with her family and friends.

Crowds who attended the changing of the guards ceremony Friday morning in London were met with a special treat following the typical respect from troops.

Aretha Franklin's funeral was an farewell fit for a legend.

Aretha Franklin passed away without leaving a will behind.

Others called out former USA president Bill Clinton who in some video footage appears to look Grande's back up and down repeatedly. Guests included former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson.


Lasting just over eight hours, the service at Greater Grace Temple encompassed numerous same elements and emotions that were hallmarks of Franklin's more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.

Franklin, 76, died August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start.

The Respect hitmaker will be laid to rest in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, later today.

Franklin was dressed head to heel in red for her first public viewing on Tuesday, a nod to her membership in the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Franklin performed at Parks's funeral.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father. I know that my love for you will never end. "Even when we would fuss".


"There are often people who are marginalized or cut out - maybe they're family members, maybe they're friends, maybe they're anybody who might feel that 'Well, I deserve a share of her estate.' There could be litigation even if she had an estate plan in place", Shaheen Imami, a shareholder at Prince Law Firm in MI, told People. A new generation of singers like Grande who are inspired by the late Queen of Soul is just the beginning.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show.

CORLEY: There was a who's who with big names in music, sports and politics - The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton.

The Queen of Soul's final outfit was a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - the fourth outfit she had been dressed in during a week of events in the run up to her funeral.

Hudson, Wonder, Khan, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Ariana Grande were all asked to perform during the service as well as others.


Greater Grace Pastor Charles Ellis III began by asking speakers and performers to do their best to stick to the five-minute spots allotted for majority.

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