Below is a round-up of items relating to the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death on Friday, June 25.
*The Apollo Theater Foundation’s President and CEO Jonelle Procope will honor Michael’s memory and celebrate his lifetime of artistic achievement on Friday with remarks beside Jackson’s newly installed plaque in the Apollo Walk of Fame, located under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street. Procope will also read a letter from Katherine Jackson about her son’s relationship to the Apollo. The marquee will feature a message memorializing Michael Jackson throughout the day.
*A half-block away from the Apollo, the Rev. Al Sharpton, his National Action Network and other community supporters will have a moment of silence for Michael Jackson on June 25th outside of the Harlem State Office Building (163 West 125th St.) The gathering will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Sharpton reflecting on the singer’s life. The moment of silence will take place at 5:26 p.m. EST, Michael’s time of death.
*A Jackson 5 exhibit at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit invites the public to photographs, awards and uniforms the group wore throughout its career. Museum chief curator Lina Stephens says the exhibit, which opened Tuesday, celebrates the life of Jackson and acknowledges the Jackson 5’s “contribution to the Motown story.” It will be open through October. No official program is set up for the anniversary of Jackson’s death Friday, but Stephens says the public is welcome to come pay their respects. A Jackson impersonator will be outside the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*A reunion between La Toya Jackson and Michael’s pet chimp Bubbles took place on the Animal Planet special “Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story,” which aired Tuesday night in honor of Michael. It was the first time any Jackson family member had seen the famous primate since 2004, when Michael gave him to a chimp sanctuary. After asking Bubbles if he remembers her, La Toya breaks down in tears. Watch below.
Below, a clip showing what led up to the above moment.
*Michael Jackson’s brother Randy is opposing plans for the planned memorial tribute scheduled in their hometown of Gary, Indiana. As previously reported, Katherine is expected to attend. But Randy, fresh out of the hospital after suffering chest pains, has concerns about the event and expressed them in the following Twitter posts:
- Hello everyone, I’m back and healthy. Thank you for your loving comments and prayers. Thank you all, but there is so much to address in such little time. Where should I start?
- Let’s start with my family. There is a common concern about their lack of support and unity especially now that we’re approaching June 25th.
- please understand im going to be direct and to the point because there is such little time but your support speeds up the process.
- This is a very difficult time for me and my family. I read your tweets and we share the same frustration. I see what you see and I dont agree with many of their choices but they are my family and i do love them.
- Surprising as it may seem, this is the case…. Im putting myself in the hot seat. I have nothing to lose.. I am not in support of the Gary event/trip or whatever it is… Im tired but I promise to continue this discussion first thing in the morn.