Rev. Jesse Jackson’s eulogy ended with him and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on stage together paying tribute to Rosa Parks. [includes rush transcript]
AMY GOODMAN: We end our coverage of the funeral of Rosa Parks with the final words of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s eulogy. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, joined Reverend Jackson for a moving ending of the service.
REV. JESSE JACKSON: Young brothers, stop by and tell Emmett Till, “Your dying inspired me, and I made America better.” Stop by and say, “Dr. King, we’re still marching on the King’s highway.” It’s dark, but the morning comes. The Lord is our light and our salvation. Whom shall we fear? They’re still threatening us! They’re still killing us and locking us up, but yet then I walk through the valleys and shadows of death. I fear no evil for thou are with me, and thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Can I get a witness?
Tell Mahalia we’re going to move on up! We’re going to move on up just a little higher! Tell them some glad morning, some glad morning, some glad morning when this life is over, I’ll fly away! I’ll fly away! I’ll screw the silver sockets of glory! One glad morning, you can sit down there where you want to sit down. Sit down anywhere in heaven. There will be no handcuffs up there! There will be no mean police up there! [inaudible] sitting down. Just walk! Just walk around heaven all day! It won’t be long now! Rise! Rise! Higher! Higher! Higher! Higher! Higher! Higher! It’s morning time! It’s morning time! I’ll fly away.
ARETHA FRANKLIN: [singing] O Lord, I’ll fly away. Lord, I, Lord, I’ll fly away. O Glory, Lord, I’ll — oh, help me now — fly away to a land, to a land on God’s selection shore. Lord Jesus, I’ll, oh, I’ll fly, fly away. O Glory, o Glory, I’ll — come on and sing it with me — fly away. O Glory, Lord, I — she flew away. Oh, when, Lord, when I die, Hallelujah, o Hallelujah, by and by, oh, I’ll fly — there was Moses, and then there was Rosa — she flew away.
REV. JESSE JACKSON: Come on, somebody, put your hands together for the Lord.