Over 6 million viewers in Britain watched the Michael Jackson service, with approximately 30.9 billion around the world. The deeply moving services had performances from Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah and Usher.
In London, Thriller Live paid tribute to the King of Pop. As the memorial service in the US was in full swing, members of the cast held a 1 minute silence in remembrance.
Outside the venue in Shaftesbury avenue passers by stopped and read messages in support of the Jackson’s.
During the service Queen Latifah addressed the audience and read out this poem by Maya Angelou
We had Him
Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.
In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.
Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.
He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.
His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.
And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.
In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England
We are missing Michael.
But we do know we had him, and we are the world.
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