Aretha Franklin funeral to include T.D. Jakes, Minnie's Food Pantry Founder
30 August, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Austin Daniel
The music icon died from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16.
And while she didn't get the chance to sing for Franklin as a child, that opportunity did eventually come her way - in an unexpected fashion. "She went through the back door so people who look like me could go through the front door".
Detroit native LaTonya Edwards, 40, brought her 14-year-old son, Lamon.
CNN reported many waiting in line claimed a niece of Aretha's showed up early with burgers, water and t-shirts to thank the fans who were waiting to see their idol one last time this week. The Wright museum, founded in 1965, was the largest African American museum in the country until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.
"She was real loving", Dorsey recalled.
The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.
Paula Marie Seniors, associate professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, said the setting for public viewings of the superstar entertainer couldn't be more fitting.
"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.
The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn says the funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple and is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.
Denise Thimes was still a young girl when she first interacted with Aretha Franklin in St. Louis during the late '60s.
The museum also plans to stage an exhibition honoring Franklin. She didn't put herself above anybody even though she was the Queen of Soul. "She was a fighter - she fought this disease hard, all the way to the end". "She's always been here".
Franklin's casket is believed to be the special order Promethean Casket, which retails for $40,000 and is said to be the same style coffin that James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried in.
Owens stressed that the viewing and other events could not happen without a group she calls "Aretha's angels".
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