Former Laker Magic Johnson praises groundbreaking trajectory of Michael Jackson’s career

High-profile friends of Michael Jackson reminded the audience at his memorial that the late entertainer blazed trails for black people. Former LA Laker Magic Johnson evoked an earlier, racially segregated America that the King of Pop helped to change.

Magic Johnson: "I want to thank Michael for opening up so many doors for African Americans to be on day time shows, late night shows. He allowed Kobe and I to have our jerseys in people’s homes across the world because he was already there and he opened all those doors for us."

Another speaker, Reverend Al Sharpton, said that without a Michael Jackson, the United States might not have been ready to elect an African American president.

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