Her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, a spokeswoman for the church confirmed to AFP, with the date and final arrangements still being worked out.
Sharpton, who was also on MSNBC with King, said his most endearing memory of her was from the 2016 jazz celebration at the White House.
The women's movement was just getting going in 1967 when Franklin took on Otis Redding's "Respect", which soon became known as an anthem both for civil rights and for feminism.
Rumours started that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2010, but the singer never publicly confirmed that she was sick.
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Like, she came all the way from Texas for this, it wouldn't really make a lot of sense for her to go home with nothing. However her lawyer, Michael Avenatti , told NBC News that there had been no pay dispute.
Fred Zilian, a university teacher from Rhode Island on a reunion with classmates from the U.S. military academy West Point, danced with his wife to an Aretha track playing at the Motown Museum.
In 2012, Trump tweeted a birthday tribute to the revered singer, writing: 'Happy Birthday to my legendary friend Aretha Franklin'. "That's all we need", he said in an interview early Friday. "It's really a statement about the unifying effect that music can have".
Do you realize how prominent a figure Aretha had to be to have a net worth of $60M (on record) up to the time of her death? "If Daddy could see me now!" The singer-songwriter began by telling the TV news show about his plans to collaborate on new music with Franklin, who died Thursday morning.
In a video package highlighting the star's most memorable moments, there is a picture of Franklin on the left and the dates of her life with an image of Patti LaBelle in the top right corner.
- Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. Another later example of this can be found in her interpretation of the Rolling Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash in 1986, which was used as the theme tune for the Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name. She stepped in for the opera singer at the Grammy Awards that year. As press from across the world converged in Detroit to honor the Queen of Soul, 8-year-old Mariah had a simple question for her grandmother when she heard the news - who was Franklin?