Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

"When Aretha Franklin sang "Respect"... it was a demand for equality and freedom and a harbinger of feminism, carried by a voice that would accept nothing less".

A public viewing for Aretha Franklin continues at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Many others set up shop, selling memorabilia including T-shirts, pins, photos, and booklets with a CD of the 18-time Grammy champ's most prominent hits. Aretha's funeral will take place on Friday at the Greater Grace Temple.

A sea of women wearing black, many with African violet corsages and pearl necklaces lead a procession into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She's not sure what overcame him, since they had seen Franklin perform many times before, but "I guess it was something special", she said.

Franklin was 76 when she passed away on August 16 at her residence in Detroit, following a prolonged illness.

The funeral will open with a viewing featuring recorded songs by Franklin.

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McCain, who once jokingly called the press "my base", provided enormous access and was the most frequent Sunday show guest ever. All five living former US presidents issued statements praising McCain. "I lived and died a proud American", McCain wrote .

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.

A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers is scheduled for Friday. The retired counsellor, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Franklin and crossed paths with her in the pre-fame years, said she always appreciated that the singer remained rooted. "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

Dressed in red ruffles and stiletto heels at Tuesday's memorial, the Queen of Soul saved a costume change for Wednesday.

Outside the museum, she said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music".

"I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life", Swift continued.

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