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First AME Church hosts Jackson memorial viewing

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About 250 mourners watched the coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial at First AME Church in South Los Angeles.

Most were African American. They sat close to one another, crying at times - but also standing to applaud several speakers, among them Reverend Al Sharpton. The New York City spiritual leader credited Jackson with breaking racial barriers with his music.

Reverend Al Sharpton: "I came to say, “Thank you. Thank you because you never stopped. Thank you because you never gave up. Thank you ‘cause you never gave out. Thank you ‘cause you tore down our divisions. Thank you because you eradicated. Thank you ‘cause you gave us hope. Thank you Michael! Thank you Michael! Thank you Michael!”

Many mourners at First AME Church wore T-shirts in memory of the King of Pop.

Church leaders kept the sanctuary open after the televised memorial for mourners who wanted a moment of reflection.