Michael Jackson’s family meet with Rev Sharpton to plan memorial

Jul 23, 2009

The family of Michael Jackson met activist the Reverend Al Sharpton yesterday to discuss national memorial arrangements for the pop singer.

The family have yet to announce what plans they have for the funeral and whether they want a public service of remembrance. Rev Sharpton told reporters: “I’m here to make sure Michael gets in death what he never got in life – he never got credit. He was not a freak, he’s a genius.

He was not somebody who was eccentric, he was innovative and that innovation smashed barriers and he should be given a lot more credit than he’s been given.” Reports have said Jackson’s family is considering a series of simultaneous memorial services around the world for the singer, reflecting the global reach of the artist.