The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will get a royal send next Friday in Detroit. Her funeral, which is said could last as long as four hours, has incredible line up.
Former President Bill Clinton leads the list of speakers that includes Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Cicely Tyson, and Bishop TD Jakes. Aretha’s great friend Jesse Jackson is on the list as well as former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and award winning actress Cicely Tyson (who by the way is 91 years young).
Performers include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Caesar, and the Clark Sisters, as well as Aretha’s son, Eddie, who has a beautiful voice and is a chip off the old block.
A clutch of politicians, clergy, and prominent friends of Aretha’s will also make remarks including professor and TV personality Michael Eric Dyson. The Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, will deliver the eulogy.