DETROIT (REUTERS) – Members of Aretha Franklin’s household felt the eulogy for the Queen of Soul delivered by a pastor at her funeral final week was “offensive and distasteful”, they mentioned.
The Reverend Jasper Williams Jr, the pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, spent his time on the podium elevating social points he mentioned have been important to the black neighborhood.
Williams used the “platform to push his negative agenda”which Franklin’s household “does not agree with,” members of the family mentioned in an announcement emailed to Reuters on Monday (Sept three).
“We found the comments to be offensive and distasteful,” the household mentioned.
“Rev Jasper Williams spent more than 50 minutes speaking and at no time did he properly eulogise her.”
Family, associates and followers of Franklin provided a rousing farewell on Friday at an eight-hour service that includes tributes from former US President Bill Clinton and civil rights leaders, in addition to emotional performances by entertainers Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Gladys Knight.
Williams, picked due to previous eulogies for members of the family, mentioned in his remarks that single black moms alone couldn’t elevate black boys to change into males and that black lives wouldn’t matter “until black people start respecting black lives and stop killing ourselves”.
He defended his feedback at a news conference on Sunday.
“Respect for each other is the key to us changing the road we are on as a race,” he mentioned.
Franklin died at her Detroit home on Aug 16 from pancreatic most cancers.
Having sung on the inaugurations of three presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, she was an American establishment, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then President George W. Bush in 2005.
Detroit handled Franklin’s demise like that of royalty, with folks submitting previous her physique within the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for 2 days to pay their respects.