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Swanson Funeral’s 1940 La Salle hearse with the casket of singer Aretha Franklin leaves the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday. The ivory hearse carried Rosa Parks in 2005. Franklin died Aug. 16 and will be laid to rest on Fr

Rather than simply being a show piece, the two-door auto that transported Aretha's body was also the same vehicle used in the funeral of her late father Rev. C.L. Franklin. "She had the voice of generation, maybe the voice of a century". We sang at the White House, and she was so sweet, and she was so cute.

In a speech memorializing Franklin, the Rev. Al Sharpton recalled Franklin's activist side, noting she raised money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and created "the soundtrack of the civil rights movement".

He continued, " While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love".

Sapp wouldn't reveal what he will perform Friday, but said every song is one picked out by Franklin.

Faith Hill faced a daunting challenge when she performed at Aretha Franklin's memorial service, held Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in Franklin's home city of Detroit. He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone. She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" at his 1993 inauguration and was back for another performance at his second inauguration in 1997, and Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999.

Clinton said he walked into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on W. 110th Street and was surprised that Franklin summoned him to meet with her privately and talk a bit before the festivities. "She worked for us". "It's the key to freedom", he said.

"She's healthy. Someone must have misinterpreted", said Delgado. She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Thousands and thousands of members of the public lined up to see her one last time - at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church, and the Charles H. Wright Museum for African-American History.

Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons player and a friend of Franklin's, told CNN he could hardly believe the day had arrived to say goodbye.