Former President Bill Clinton will speak on Friday, August 31, at Aretha Franklin's funeral in the Greater Grace Temple, Gwendolyn Quinn] Other Quinn-sanctioned political figures who will speak at the celebration of life at the Greater Grace Temple include former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Brenda Lawrence of Southfield, Detroit City Council Brenda Jones and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
Jackson ran for President in 1988 and 1992 and won the Michigan Caucus for the first time while Sharpton ran in 2004.
Franklin's neighbor from the Detroit-Nordende, Smokey Robinson, will share his memories of a long friendship with her, as well as her former record company boss Clive Davis, Bishop TD Jakes, pastor of The Potters House in Dallas and actress Cicely Tyson  Long-time friends TV personality Judge Greg Mathis and Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, will also share their thoughts on the Queen of Soul who died on August 16 at her home in Detroit.
Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor of the Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, will give the laudation. Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of the Greater Grace Temple, will serve as Officiant with pastor Robert Smith Jr., pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, as co-officer.
Franklin sang at both Clinton's opening festivities, and he and Hillary Clinton were in the audience for their final public performance in November on Elton John's support for the fight against HIV / AIDS. In 1999, Clinton awarded her the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award
A retinue of other democratic officials should surrender for the visitation and funeral. Franklin also sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and in 2005 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
U.S. Deputy Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, will attend Franklin's funeral and meet with her husband, former US Senator John Dingell, for Franklin's visit.
State officials such as former Michigan Governor James Blanchard, who named Franklin the state's largest natural resource "in 1986, will attend the funeral.
The homegoing service is set for 10 pm Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit .
Detroit News Staff Writer Beth LeBlanc has contributed.
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