TD Jakes, Bill Clinton & Cicely Tyson to speak at Aretha Franklin's funeral

TD Jakes, Bill Clinton & Cicely Tyson to speak at Aretha Franklin's funeral

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?'

Speakers and guests at the funeral will include former US President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and record producer Clive Davis.

Family and friends will gather Friday, Aug. 31, in Detroit for a star-studded funeral service for "The Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin.

According to the official program obtained by WDIV4, the funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m., and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m... though we wouldn't be surprised if it runs longer.

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She influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce, with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

More than 100 pink Cadillacs, a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", will reportedly line up outside the church. "We used to talk about that - we saw a lot of soldiers go".

The concert followed three days of public viewings of her open, golden casket that drew thousands at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

Thursday, a tribute concert took place nearby at Chene Park Amphitheater with The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and more performing for fans. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

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