photo credit: By mark reinstein
The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest on August 31st in her hometown of Detroit at the Greater Grace Temple.
The service will begin at 10a, with a full house of celebrities in attendance to perform and speak. Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clive Davis, Cicely Tyson and Bishop T.D. Jakes are just a few expected to speak at the service.
Amongst those performing will be Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caeser, Jennifer Holliday and many more. The Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, will deliver Franklin’s eulogy at the homegoing service, which is limited to family, friends, dignitaries and special guests.
Fans are able to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin during a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History starting on Aug. 28 and 29. She will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ms. Franklin passed away on August 16th at the age of 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Written by Clarke Jones