Although Aretha Franklin effortlessly eased her way into the hearts and homes of many people from all over the world, there is only one place the multi-Grammy winner known for such hits as “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer ” considered home. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, the legendary songstress spent the majority of her life in “Motor City”.
According to the Associated Press, the city of Detroit will bid farewell to the Queen of Soul, who transitioned on August 16th due to pancreatic cancer, with a series of events, which includes a concert, public viewing, and a funeral.
Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the public viewing on August 28th and 29th, which will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Tickets to a free concert on August 30th at Chene Park featuring Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Angie Stone and other artists have already sold out.
A private funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on August 31st will include family and friends. Performances during the service consist of stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and many more. President Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Cicely Tyson, and Smokey Robinson are among the speakers that will pay tribute to Franklin. The eulogy will be delivered by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., who is the pastor of Atlanta’s Salem Baptist Church.
Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest alongside her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
The Queen of Soul will be remembered for her soul-stirring voice and musical talent, which will forever influence the music industry.