Outfit change for Aretha Franklin on second day of public viewing

Emmett Rice
August 30, 2018

Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced. "She was lovely", said nurse Monique Valentine. She sang at his funeral after he was assassinated in 1968, as well as at the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the country's first African American head of state.

The singer was chosen as one of the performers because the late "Queen of Soul" had met her and praised her when they performed at the White House in 2014. "She was one of those people where no matter what you say, no matter what glowing, positive things you said about her, it would be an understatement".

Born in the segregated American South in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Detroit with her prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist father.

The setting for the viewings could not be more fitting, according to Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech.

The Queen of Soul, Seniors said, was "a singer of the universe".

The Queen lies in state.

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For all the formality, however, Owens said the viewings are meant to be welcoming and accessible for her legions of fans.

Reports claim a week-long mourning will be held in the city, where fans from all over the USA will be given the opportunity to see Aretha one last time.

This week, her hometown is showing the world, they'll never forget her. "That's why you've got this big turnout".

"I broke down when I seen her". "She's always been here".

Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech said it was a fitting tribute to the singer. "She would take care of the expenses - and usually in full without being asked or prompted to do so". But Franklin knew Victorie was there because she ended the impromptu piano playing by throwing a kiss Victorie's way.

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