Aretha Franklin, whose vocal power and songwriting vision defined a musical era and earned her the title “Queen of Soul,” died Aug. 16 at age 76. Her iconic hit songs like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” resonated with millions at a time when America’s civil rights movement was taking hold.
Ms. Franklin will lie in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29. Public viewing hours are 9 a.m. — 9 p.m.
“Today, the words don’t feel big enough in my mind or my mouth to talk about the loss we are all sharing, the truth that our collective voices are a lot weaker today because our most powerful voice, Aretha Franklin, is no longer with us.
“And let’s not hesitate. That’s what Aretha was to us, as Detroiters. She was the power behind our voices — the one who gave shape and definition to the certainty of who and what we are. And just like a Detroiter, she never, ever backed down. Not from anything.” — Stephen Henderson, Aretha Franklin ‘Was The Power Behind Our Voices’