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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.

PHOTO: FILE- In a March 4, 2015 file photo singer Aretha Franklin is interviewed after taping for American Idol XIV at The Fillmore Detroit. 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 June 7 at the New Bethel Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
FILE- In a March 4, 2015 file photo singer Aretha Franklin is interviewed after taping for American Idol XIV at The Fillmore Detroit. 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 June 7 at the New Bethel Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1HWnpI3 ) 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, http://detnews.com/

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