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.