Aretha Franklin plans memorial for father, brother at Detroit church featuring music, food


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DETROIT — Aretha Franklin is planning a memorial to her father and brother at a Detroit church that will include gospel music and a soul food buffet.

The event called "Aretha Franklin Presents a Memorial for Rev. C.L. Franklin & Rev. Cecil Franklin" is set to take place on June 7 at New Bethel Baptist Church.

The Detroit News reports ( ) that people are being invited to share their memories of the Queen of Soul's father, a minister and civil rights activist who died in 1984, and her brother, who died in 1989. Cecil Franklin managed Aretha Franklin's career and also was a minister.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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