Jesse Jackson Speaks at Aretha Franklin’s Church, New Bethel Baptist, in Detroit On Sunday

Fans gather at New Bethel Baptist Church to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Fans gather at New Bethel Baptist Church to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a 60-year friend of Aretha Franklin, will speak at the late singer’s church, New Bethel Baptist at 10 a.m. Sunday, his daughter, Santita Jackson, confirmed Saturday.

Jesse Jackson, who recently spoke with the Free Press about Franklin’s stellar service to the civil rights movement, recalled her financial commitment to their work, even sometimes helping them meet payroll.

The funeral for Franklin, who died Thursday, is scheduled for Aug. 31.

Franklin’s death comes at a time when civil and human rights leaders are needed more than ever across America – as the leaders who fought for positive change and equality are watching those victories being rolled back on a tide of hate.

“All the pain we endured, the degradation, made us stronger and made us richer,” Santita Jackson said. “And our generation has turned away from that. But we’re going to get pulled back into it because everything they fought for is being pushed back. Faith without works is dead. We’ve got some work to do.”

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SOURCE: Rochelle Riley
Detroit Free Press