Al Sharpton Helps "Correct" Donald Trump At Aretha Franklin Funeral

Yolanda Curtis
September 1, 2018

Aretha Franklin was carried down a red carpet into Detroit's Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning in a gold plated casket, wearing a gold, full length dress for her star-studded funeral. "She had the voice of generation, maybe the voice of a century".

"We started out as Aretha groupies", Clinton began, speaking of himself and his wife. "Not without fear, but overcoming her fears", Clinton said of the "Respect" singer.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and inspiring activists with her anthems. "I just loved her". "I wonder what my friend's got on today", he joked.

Former US President Bill Clinton takes a picture with singer Ariana Grande and her fiancee Pete Davidson at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Gladys says they happened to be staying in the same hotel, and when they sat down to chat, she says.

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The military spokesperson called the song "a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything".

Her career spanned decades and she performed for presidents, royals, and the biggest names around the world.

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN. She worked her can off to get where she was. "It's the key to freedom", he said. Her music, he said, "captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect".

Franklin's body was dressed all in gold, with a long sequin gown and high heels to match her gleaming gold casket. Pink Cadillacs filled the street outside the church, a reference to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love".

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Thousands and thousands of members of the public lined up to see her one last time - at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

The tribute is a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, "Freeway of Love, " which prominently featured the vehicle in the lyrics and video.

Detroit regards Franklin as royalty.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old's choice of funeral attire drew criticism on social media for being a bit too revealing for church.

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