Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

01 September, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Kristine Mills
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"Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice, whether bringing people together through thrilling intersections of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha's work reflected the very best of the American story", said the letter in part.

The service, a celebration of the life and legacy of an icon, was full of gospel, uplifting eulogies and humorous anecdotes at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano. "She worked for us", said Sharpton. "Long live the Queen".

Dozens of others crowded around a large screen broadcasting the funeral at a nearby gas station, reclining in beach chairs or standing in the sun, applauding and laughing at all the speeches. Jennifer chose to wear TK for her epic performance, which took place in Aretha's hometown city of Detroit, Michigan.

"This is something that I'll be in history", she told AFP. By 1968, she was officially anointed the "Queen of Soul" when deejay and music promoter Pervis Spann placed a crown on her head at Chicago's Regal Theater. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.

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Franklin died August 16 of Queen of Soul at 76.

"I remember when I was a kid people used to always ask me what does it feel like to be Aretha Franklin's granddaughter?"

Bush had previously awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - in 2009. Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.

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