Queen of Soul throws refugee party

Oct. 22, 2005 at 4:59 PM

DETROIT, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin threw a party in suburban Detroit for hundreds of people in Michigan because of Hurricane Rita.

The Queen of Soul told the Detroit News she hopes others will follow her lead and share what they have with hurricane victims around the country.

"I want to share with you a little Detroit hospitality," Franklin told the evacuees, who were treated to barbecue feasts Friday in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.

"We need to show them that we care and are sensitive to their unfortunate plight," Franklin said. "It is the right and Christian thing to do to assist them in their time of need."

Franklin said she fondly remembers her times in New Orleans and its delicious cuisine.

"The food in New Orleans is some of the best I've ever tasted, in or out of the country," Franklin said. "There's no way I'm going to let these people be in Detroit and not show them some Detroit and Aretha hospitality with a good time and great food."

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