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Family, fans to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin with music-filled funeral

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Rosie Leonard | 31 August, 2018, 16:57

As announced last week by her longtime publicist, stars like Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Ariana Grande are among the lineup scheduled to perform at the ceremony and pay their respects to the one-of-a-kind artist. This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production.

Her six-hour, invitation-only funeral is taking place later in the Detroit church where the funeral for civil rights leader Rosa Parks was held in 2005.

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.

'Of course, some get-down and lift-up need not be mutually exclusive. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. She said of the tune.

Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift - and believes Franklin's legacy is secure. But he says the focus still has to be squarely on the Queen of Soul.

"There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha", he said.

A final goodbye to the world as the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin goes home on Friday, August 31.

Bishop Ellis plans to celebrate her life in a respectful, godly manner.

'After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy, ' Owens said.

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