Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin
In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 3:51PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -- In a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the Michigan Legislature is expected to honour the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.
The Michigan House voted 101-6 on Tuesday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the "Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway." Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.
The legislation will next go to the state Senate.
Supporters say dedicating a portion of the highway is an appropriate way to honour the musical and cultural icon, who grew up in Detroit and learned the gospel fundamentals at New Bethel Baptist Church.
The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Leslie Love of Detroit, says Franklin was a "special lady" who fought for civil rights and "gave us all a soundtrack to our lives."