The Hidden Meaning Behind Aretha's Red Dress And Shoes

Clad in a red lace dress, the late Aretha Franklin is lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. 

Franklin, who died earlier this month at 76 after a battle with cancer, is wearing the vibrant color to indicate her honorary membership in the predominantly African American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Crimson is the sorority's color.

Thousands are flocking to the museum to pay their respects to Franklin, who's been placed inside an open casket, surrounded by pink flowers — her favorite color. 

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