This morning, Michael Jackson’s public memorial service was held at the Staples Center, where he had performed many times in Las Angeles, California. Although there was so much negative news coverage surrounding Michael through the years, he will still be known as “One of the Greats.” As the world moves on, Michael’s legacy continues as record and book sales gain in momentum, boosting his popularity beyond what Michael wanted to accomplish in life. As his desire to come back and regain his “King” status in the music industry was cut short on June 25, 2009 when he went into cardiac arrest and later died. It seems he will, in death, get the comeback that he so longed for in life.
Looking back to when I was a kid, growing up in a small town in Indiana, I had never met an African American person. I wasn’t raised a racist by any means, but there just weren’t any African Americans living in or around my home town. After saying this, I can attest to the impact that Michael Jackson made on a rural town, where he crossed the race barrier. I, myself, had a “Michael Jackson” jacket with the zippers all over it. All the kids had them in school, and if you didn’t have that “Michael Jackson” jacket, you were a nobody! The “race” thing never was a factor, and Michael Jackson touched the hearts of countless individuals with his hit songs such as Billie Jean, Beat It, and Thriller just to name a few.
The impact that Michael Jackson made on the entire world is astounding. I really didn’t have a clue as to how “BIG” he was until he died. As for the bad publicity, I just hope the world remembers Michael Jackson for the inspiriation that he gave to the world. Michael inspired many with his mucical genious, his dance moves, and his “over-the-top” videos and shows. In closing, I would like to say to Michael, “Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us, and you will be deeply missed by so many people; the world has lost another great performer. God Bless, and may you Rest in Peace knowing that you did get your ‘Great Comeback’ after all.”