How Harlem Memorialized Michael Jackson

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Despite a lengthy life of lyrical creativity, melodic song and entertainment wizardry pleasing to the mind and soul of all ages; as well as a humanitarian compassion devoted to healing and helping, Michael Jackson became a victim of unscrupulousness on part of enabling individuals and an unrelenting Media consistently portraying him negatively.

Equally, and despite his longstanding and enormous popularity and financial success, Oprah Winfrey believed Michael was a terribly “lonely man.” Never before in history has as gentle and caring a soul been so unrelentingly victimized in life, that even in death, such was equally expected because of the negative persona created around and to discredit Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson, from his earliest age, developed a tremendously demanding work ethic that enabled him to master his craft, becoming the mega success he achieved. Evidence indicates he sold more than 750 million albums; created 18 Number One hit songs; and won 13 Grammy Awards. His song Thriller sold more than 109 million albums worldwide, all part of an unbelievable “Body of Work” that a “Time Line” clearly delineates. As such, for his labors, Michael Jackson was the only person twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artiste.

In his career, Michael Jackson bridged racial, cultural, language, religious and geographical divides to bring people together under the banner of humanitarianism and expressions of love. He was respected by presidents, princes, prisoners and paupers reflecting the expansiveness of his influence due to his humanity and caring nature complimenting his artistic genius.  The Guinness Book of World Records named Michael Jackson the most prolific, charitable entertainer ever, contributing to more than 38 charities some $300-500 million dollars. Yet, despite the seemingly unending negative campaign waged against the superstar in the Media; for many, there was a magical, mystical, almost mythical significance to this man, seemingly guided by divine inspiration and intuitive instruction.

"The Apollo Memorial," by Frederick Monderson, was therefore called to ensure Michael’s legacy would no longer be tarnished by the unending negativity that so disfigured his life and person. In some 20 Chapters interspersing 219 photographs Monderson chronicles and highlights Michael’s life and achievements and how Harlem celebrated his passing. As such, "The Apollo Memorial" preserves this unique experience in memorabilia format allowing posterity to recognize the goodness Michael Jackson represented and how the community of fans paid tribute for the wonderful milestones he provided to gladden their numerous rites of passage.

All of this the author seeks to capture in this volume in Tribute to a man of extraordinary artistry who worked tremendously hard to optimize his talents and become the very best in his profession, setting the bar above the rainbow and daring others to even attempt to reach much more scale it. Nevertheless, in process of his unspoken challenge, he dared others to do what he did through love, charity and his trust in humanity, all within the philosophical constructs of the fatherhood of god and the brotherhood of man.

About the Author: Monderson is a retired college professor and school teacher who taught African History in the City University of New York and American History and Government in the New York public schools.  He has written more than 800 articles in the New York Black Press, Daily Challenge, Afro Times and New American newspapers. 

In this venture, Monderson lends his expertise as a historian, Egyptologist,  journalist and author of several books including "Barack Obama: Ready, Fit to Lead," "Sonny Carson: The Final Triumph," and several others.

 A student of the esteemed Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, Dr. Monderson conducts tours to Egypt.

"Michael Jackson: The Apollo Memorial" is primarily available from the publisher and will be in bookstores as well as at First Published by SuMon Publishers March 15, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-615-33289-5 LCCN: 22009943114

SuMon Publishers, PO Box 160347, Brooklyn, New York 11216. (718) 564-5635    

"Speaking Truth To Empower."

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