Rather than simply being a show piece, the two-door auto that transported Aretha's body was also the same vehicle used in the funeral of her late father Rev. C.L. Franklin.
"You're gonna be one of the future voices in the choir of angels because you know you'd have to be".
"She was a black woman in a white man's world", Sharpton said, as mourners cheered.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also took to the podium to announce a proposal to rename the city's waterfront Chene Park after Franklin. "I was there at what turned out to be the last public singing she ever did at Elton John's AIDS benefit previous year". "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues.
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"Thank you for Aretha: She was a bright and shining star, she was an image of hope larger than life, she was a soldier, a trouper, an encourager, a good and faithful servant". My 28-year-old daughter tells me, 'Dad! An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces ..." She lived with faith - not without failure, but overcoming her failures. "She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century".
Who cares that Chaka needed a quick refresher on her the song's lyrics - she snapped! The Aretha Franklin Orchestra performed a medley featuring "I Say a Little Prayer", "Angel" and other songs the Queen of Soul was known for, along with gospel numbers "I Love the Lord" and "Walk in the Light". He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone.
She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold. "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God".
Greater Grace Temple is calling on people with pink Cadillacs to line up before the funeral in an effort to create a "Freeway of Love" in tribute to Franklin.