Michael Jackson Memorial Service

Michael Jackson Memorial Service
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 07, 2009

1 of 45 Getty Image

The Jackson family consoles Paris Katherine Jackson, Michael’s daughter, at the service for her father at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 7.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

2 of 45 Getty Image

Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I and Prince Michael Jackson II appear onstage during their father’s memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

3 of 45 Getty Image

Aunt Janet Jackson comforts niece Paris Katherine Jackson at the memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

4 of 45 Getty Image

Randy Jackson hugs Prince Michael Jackson at the memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

5 of 45 Getty Image

Jermaine Jackson tosses the rose from his lapel onto his brother’s casket, while performing at Michael Jackson’s public memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

6 of 45 Getty Image

Bernice King and Martin Luther King III share their heartfelt condolences with the Jackson family.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

7 of 45 Getty Image

Singer Usher performs “Gone Too Soon” at the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

8 of 45 Getty Image

Stevie Wonder renders a sweet performance at the memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

9 of 45 Getty Image

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston, Texas, shares a few words on behalf of the U.S. Congress.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

10 of 45 Getty Image

Queen Latifah reads a poem written by Maya Angelou.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

12 of 45 Getty Image

Janet Jackson comforts Michael’s children Paris Katherine Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Prince Michael Jackson, as Paris speaks about the amazing father her dad was.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

13 of 45 Getty Image

Katherine Jackson arrives with Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, to the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

14 of 45 Getty Image

Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz sing “I’ll Be There.”

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

15 of 45 Getty Image

Lionel Richie, longtime friend of Michael Jackson, performs.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »


Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »


Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

17 of 45 Getty Image

Janet Jackson attends her brother’s memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

18 of 45 Getty Image

From left, Randy, Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Jermaine serve as pallbearers as they carry their brother’s body into the Staples Center.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

19 of 45 Getty Image

Michael Jackson’s casket is displayed at the public memorial service on July 7, after being carried in by his brothers.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

20 of 45 Getty Image

Producer Berry Gordy shares fond memories during the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

21 of 45 Getty Image

Smokey Robinson reads letters from Nelson Mandela and Diana Ross during the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

23 of 45 Getty Image

Basketball players Kobe Bryant and Earvin “Magic” Johnson pay tribute to MJ. Johnson made the crowd laugh with his memories of Michael eating fried chicken on the set of the music video for “Remember the Time.” Johnson made a cameo in the video.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

24 of 45 Getty Image

John Mayer offers a touching instrumental performance of “Human Nature.”

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

25 of 45

Usher hugs LaToya Jackson after performing during Michael Jackson’s memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

26 of 45 Getty Image

Usher, music pioneer Suzanne de Passe and Earvin “Magic” Johnson chat backstage at the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

27 of 45 Getty Image

Michael Jackson’s public memorial service at Staples Center.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

28 of 45 Getty Image

Jennifer Hudson and Usher celebrate the legacy of Michael Jackson at his public memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

30 of 45 Getty Image

Chris Brown attends Michael Jackson’s memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

31 of 45 Getty Image

Brooke Shields and Earvin “Magic” Johnson share memories of Michael Jackson.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

32 of 45 Getty Image

Martin Luther King III and actress Brooke Shields attend the service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

33 of 45 Getty Image

Motorcade arrives to Forest Lawn Memorial Park on July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

34 of 45 Getty Image

Don King leaves the Jackson family compound for the memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

35 of 45 Getty Image

Fans take photos outside the Staples Center on July 7.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

36 of 45 Getty Image

Fans signed a large poster outside the Staples Center.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

37 of 45 Getty Image

Fans fortunate to snag tickets to Michael Jackson’s memorial service enter the Staples Center.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

38 of 45 Getty Image

Ticketed fans wear their love for Michael on their sleeves.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

39 of 45 Getty Image

Forest Lawn Memorial Park is where friends and family will pay last respects to Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

40 of 45 Getty Image

Rev. Al Sharpton stays close by the Jackson family as they prepare for Michael’s service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

41 of 45 Getty Image

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, arrives at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park on July 6.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

42 of 45 Getty Image

La Toya Jackson leaves Forest Lawn Memorial Park on July 6 in Los Angeles, after privately mourning her brother with the family.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

43 of 45 Getty Image

Reverend Jesse Jackson leaves the Michael Jackson family compound on July 6.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

44 of 45 Getty Image

Joe Jackson departs the Jackson family compound for the memorial service for his son.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

45 of 45 Getty Image

Randy Jackson, younger brother of Michael Jackson, departs the Jackson family compound for the memorial service.

The Michael Jackson Memorial: Read our Blog Report »

Our complete coverage of Michael Jackson »

Michael Jackson’s life in photos »

Tags

# News

Tags

# News