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Aretha Franklin honored at Food Truck Thursday

The music of Aretha Franklin entertained the lunchtime crowd at Food Truck Thursdays in Niagara Square.

It was part of a tribute to Franklin, 76, who died from pancreatic cancer Aug. 16.

Franklin lived in Buffalo for a few years as a girl. Her family belonged to Friendship Baptist Church, where her father — the Rev. C.L. Franklin — served as pastor for several years.

"Aretha Franklin's influence is undeniable," Mayor Byron W. Brown said during the tribute. "She was a powerful female artist whose legacy lives on through those she inspired and empowered."

During the tribute, Jason Whitaker, pastor of Emmanuel Temple Church of God, spoke about Franklin’s strong church background.

Franklin's funeral will be held Friday in Detroit.


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