Mourners have filed through the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history during two days of public viewings, before the funeral in Detroit.
And you know, she was a really, she was an icon.You know she was well-respected around the world, and you know we’re gonna miss her a great deal.Paying their respects to U.S. music legend Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who lost her life to pancreatic cancer on August 16th at age 76.Mixed emotions, you know, and it was sad. It was sad. She’s such a great lady and she’s so talented. There she was. It, it touched me deeply.
Franklin sang at former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration as well as at Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks funeral, held in the same Detroit Church.Franklin did not see herself at the forefront of the civil or women’s rights movements, yet she still made an impact.When she popularized Otis Redding song respect, she said she was urging respect of all people, including women, people of color and children.But what I’ve seen most was respect, and that’s that’s something that’s like a moniker attached to everything, respect.Former US President Bill Clinton, singer Smokey Robinson and actress Cicely Tyson are scheduled to speak at her funeral.Performers including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande and Fantasia will sing as well as Franklin’s son Edward.Franklin will be laid to rest in the same Detroit cemetery as Rosa Parks.
Jill Craig, VOA news, Washington.