Aretha Franklin's emotional public viewing

Oscar Cross
August 31, 2018

The casket's lining spelled out "Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul", in gold thread.

Ariana Grande has been asked to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit this week. She came in a white 1940 LaSalle hearse - the most befitting final ride for the beloved Detroit singer.

Journalists from The Associated Press were allowed to document the casket's movement after the public viewing concluded.

A tribute concert will also be held on Thursday (Aug.30).

On the first day of her public viewing ahead of her funeral services on Friday, Franklin was resplendent in her sorority's signature crimson.

Recall NAIJ.com earlier shared details of Franklin's tragic passing after losing a life battle to pancreatic cancer. More than 1,000 people attended the service. The strains of Franklin's gospel recordings echoed in the airy space.

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.


Born in the segregated American South in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Detroit with her prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist father. They were standing outside the museum taking video and sharing it with friends on social media.

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Green said. "She gave the best, she expected the best and she would want her fans to have the best". "I just wanted to stand there".

A group of five friends told AFP they drove from Chicago, dressed alike in white trousers and blue Franklin T-shirts to pay their respects despite heavy rain sweeping parts of the Midwest.

On Wednesday her outfit was changed to a powdered blue dress. "Franklin's family was moved by Grande's performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" after Franklin's August 16 death.

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

Ms Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicates both power and comfort, as she did in life. "But I'll be damned if I ain't going to say goodbye to her". Camille Howard, a 46-year-old human resources executive from Austin, Texas, flew up and was in line by 10 pm, spending the night bonding and praying with other Franklin devotees.

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