Dozens Of Pink Cadillacs Rode With Aretha Franklin's Funeral Procession

Dozens Of Pink Cadillacs Rode With Aretha Franklin's Funeral Procession

Franklin looked resplendent in a crimson dress and matching high heels in her gold casket during the first day of a public visitation at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Sharpton recalled Franklin's activist side, noting she raised money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and created "the soundtrack of the civil rights movement".

"Walk in the light", the singers proclaimed as the casket lid was lowered, "the lovely light".

Franklin was a fan of the Cadillac, specifically pink ones, and sang about them in her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love".

"And even though it appears she is laying in a box, the song is true", Jakes said.

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The Queen of Soul will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in her hometown of Detroit-the same place her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and her nephew, Thomas Garrett, were buried. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral. An arrangement from singer Sam Moore included a card that read, "You know I always adored and loved you to bits and pieces". Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.

Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

On Friday, a pink Cadillac ad also appeared in the New York Times in honor of the late singer.

Friday's service was to touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN, with musical tributes planned from artists such as Grande, Hill, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday.

"It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening", Ellis said. Among the gospel voices expected to fill Greater Grace include Marvin Sapp, the Clark Sisters and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. He adds the "dearly departed" want a celebration to mark their transition "from this life to a better one". Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

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