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Rev. Al Sharpton praises Michael Jackson at memorial event

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Many speakers at today’s memorial event for Michael Jackson praised the talented human being behind the bizarre headlines about strange behavior and physical alterations. Reverend Al Sharpton emphasized the late superstar’s role in transforming entertainment and culture.

Rev. Al Sharpton: "I came to say thank you. Thank you because you never stopped. Thank you because you never gave up. Thank you because you never gave out. Thank you because you tore down our divisions. Thank you because you eradicated barriers. Thank you cause you gave us hope. Thank you Michael! Thank you Michael! Thank you Michael!"

Celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant offered musical and spoken tributes during the memorial at downtown LA’s Staples Center.