Her signature song, "Respect" - recorded as a feminist anthem - became a rallying cry as African Americans rose up nationwide in the 1960s to fight peacefully for racial equality.
The second day of Franklin's public viewing was once again streamed from the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. "Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights", Swift told concertgoers as heard on videos shared by fans on social media. Two days before her death, Franklin was honored by Beyonce and Jay Z in Detroit. "As they saw the handwriting on the wall and that shade coming down on her life, they began to make some decisions on where her service might be", he said.
The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).
The retired counsellor, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Franklin and crossed paths with her in the pre-fame years, said she always appreciated that the singer remained rooted. "I didn't see it, but ... she just looked gorgeous, peaceful", Kidd said.
"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service".
Herman Phillips, another fan who spent time at the viewing Wednesday, shared his own personal connection to Franklin.
Dressed in red ruffles and stiletto heels at Tuesday's memorial, the Queen of Soul saved a costume change for Wednesday.
Tammy Gibson, 49, said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music".
"I think it's incredibly significant - she is being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States", she said.