Aretha Franklin's Funeral Set for August 31 in Detroit

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It is not yet known which performers will take part in the tribute.

Originally, it was written by a male singer and songwriter as a plea by a man willing to give his woman anything she wants and telling her that all he asks in return is "a little respect when I come home".

"There's something about when the queen calls", he said, hailing her as a "freedom fighter" and "demanding justice for everybody from the back row to the front pew".

Her coffin is to be "entombed" along with the remains of her father, the Reverend C L Franklin, and her brother, Cecil Franklin, and sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin. Franklin surrounded herself with the politics of the day and often referenced her experiences alongside episodes of US history in speeches, interviews and her 1999 autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots". "She was born in the midst of oppression".

She wrote on Facebook: "I'm deeply saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed. She gave us secular, she gave us gospel, she gave us opera... and you don't find too many that can fit in every arena like that".

After Franklin found success, she began to make money.

"She was larger than life", Mark Pastoria said. "I tithed and gave to many charities, including Jesse Jackson's Operation Breadbasket, the NAACP, Operation PUSH, UNICEF, and Easter Seals". And as I played her music, to see my 15-month-old happily clapping along to "Respect", it reminded me that Ms. Franklin would be with us forever. She may not have intended it to be a feminist anthem, but she surely knew how it would resonate. As she prepared to sing, police and anti-Vietnam war protesters clashed in the street. As is customary, King didn't know that Franklin would be there to honor her.

Then the disco era came, and sales of her albums fell. However, when I pressed as to what her sickness actually was, she said: "I'm not one to go into my personal health things". In 1977, Franklin sang for Jimmy Carter at the Kennedy Center the night before his inauguration. In her first performance for a president, she sang "God Bless America".

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Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. "R.I.P. Ree-Ree. You will reign as the queen forever". In a violet-tulle-and-silver Bob Mackie evening gown, Franklin performed at two inaugural balls and on the inaugural telecast.

According to Franklin's publicist, a celebration of the singer's life will take place over four days of events. "We're happy that she's free from the shackles of time".

"She was a rose that grew tall in a garden of weeds". Her grey outfit and supporting grey hat dotted with Swarovski crystals, designed by Luke Song, became an Internet sensation and an early meme.

Franklin was involved with the fight for equality alongside Parks and performed at Martin Luther King's funeral in 1968.

To generations of women, especially black women, Franklin was an icon, an inspiration and a role model, who embodied not just the fight for racial but also gender equality.

Then 73, and much slowed, a fur draped Franklin sat at the piano.

King was a good friend of her father, occasionally visiting Detroit to spend time in their home or at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, Franklin told NPR in 1999. Honorees George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Seiji Ozawa, and Rita Moreno joined the crowd in rising up.

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