Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Nov. 7, 2017, in New York City.
During Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday (Aug. 31) in Detroit, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told mourners that Franklin “took this massive talent and the perfect culture that raised her and became the composer of her own life’s song — and what a song it was.”
Make that song.
While speakers at the Greater Grace Temple lauded Franklin throughout the 8-hour-and-15-minute ceremony for her contributions to the civil and women’s movements, Christianity, African-American culture and identity and to her hometown of Detroit, music was her first and foremost achievement.
Edited by Robin Elliston
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