Franklin's funeral will begin at 10 a.m. and will be live-streamed online.
Afterward, performances from celebrated singers such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan were scheduled along with speeches and readings from others.
Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers.
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Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", died August 16 at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 16, at her home in Detroit.
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Bishop Ellis said the service "may well exceed five hours".
People wait in line outside the New Bethel Baptist Church during a public viewing of the late singer Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Michigan, US. She sang at both of his inaugurations.
After the service, she will make her final journey in the same ivory 1940 Cadillac LaSalle that transported the body of her father in 1984, and that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005. Thursday night, a concert in her honor was held in downtown Detroit.
'There are some girls who haven't been born yet. who will be inspired by Aretha, ' he said.
The world lost a queen and a bit of its soul with the passing of Aretha Franklin. "I love her. She was my longest friend".
Franklin was dressed in much more vibrant hues for day one and two of the public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.