Several civil rights leaders, former presidents and others offered touching and poignant tributes to Aretha Franklin, affectionately known to the world as the Queen of Soul, during her funeral in Detroit on Friday.
Rev. Al Sharpton and Smokey Robinson addressed mourners at the packed Greater Grace Temple. Sharpton also read a letter by Barack Obama to the crowd. The speakers talked about Franklin’s spirit, character and her life’s work in music and helping people of color.