Aretha celebrated at Sunday service at father's Baptist church

Lawrence Kim
August 20, 2018

Throughout her career, Aretha Franklin often returned to the nation's capital for performances that at times put her in line with key moments of U.S. History.

Jackson, who said he first met the singer when they were teenagers, told AFP by telephone from Chicago that "it was very hard to say goodbye" when he visited and prayed with the music legend shortly before her death on Thursday at age 76.

The former Beatle shared the following tribute via social media: "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the lovely life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years".

Franklin's funeral is slated for 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31, at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, the same church where Franklin sang at the 2005 service for the late Rosa Parks, the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

Franklin was born in the segregated American South in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942, before moving with her family to Detroit.

And Jackson recalled one time when Franklin personally stepped up to help King - with her voice.

But Franklin was committed to overturning that, Jackson said.

"There's something about when the queen calls", he said, hailing her as a "freedom fighter" and "demanding justice for everybody from the back row to the front pew".

Following the ceremony, Aretha will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, where several of her family members are also buried. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

"Aretha Will Always be My Queen". They also talked about which songs "were important to her career" and "really told her story" and should be included in the feature-length film.

"She was telling me she rides around the city every now and then - she talks about how attractive it is again", Fakir said. Throughout the years, she would be remembered for her recordings of "Respect", which featured the signature line "R-E-S-P-E-C-T"; "Chain of Fools", "I Never Loved a Man The Way That I Love You", "I Say a Little Prayer", and others.

"We have nothing to be sad about because she gave us so much".

The crowd filled New Bethel, located at Linwood and W. Philadelphia, to honor Franklin at her home church just days after her death from cancer.

"You've got to understand - she was civil rights, so all the people from down south will be up here in Detroit", he said.

Franklin died on the same day as both Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth, reuniting and forever connecting the Queen of Soul, the King of Rock and Roll and the Sultan of Swat.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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