An event organized by director Spike Lee to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson on what would have been his 51st birthday is expected to draw more than 10,000 fans of the late King of Pop — five times the number initially expected — on Saturday, August 29th, at the Nethermead meadow in Prospect Park. The festivities will get underway at noon and run until 5 p.m., rain or shine, and the event is free.
According to The New York Times, Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn's borough president, will be presenting a proclamation during the event, declaring August 29th Michael Jackson Day in Brooklyn. The Rev. Al Sharpton will also be on hand to offer some words and a prayer while DJ Spinna will be at the ones and twos, unleashing hits from Jackson's storied career.
Lee, who worked with Jackson in Brazil on the music video for "They Don't Care About Us," told The Root, an online magazine on black culture, earlier this month that the event, originally conceived as a block party-style gathering, was "going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn-style, I'll leave it at that. It's going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party."
Also expected to speak during the event is City Councilwoman Letitia James of Brooklyn, who has suggested the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station be renamed or co-named after Jackson, as it was the scene for the 1987 video "Bad."
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