After giving Rolling Stone a glimpse of what it takes to be the “Michael Jackson Protestor,” Baltimore’s Dimitri Reeves shows off his moves and optimism with a performance of Michael Jackson‘s cover of the Beatles‘ classic “Come Together.” Atop the yellow semi-truck that transports Reeves and his manager Vaughan Mason around the city, the singer and dancer does his best imitation of the King of Pop’s iconic performance ticks before jumping into the growing crowd of onlookers.
As the city he loves is being torn apart by the controversy and tragedy surrounding Freddie Gray’s death due to a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody, Reeves has gained national attention this week for performing classics like “Man in the Mirror” and “Beat It” in front of riot police. He’s become known as the “Michael Jackson Protestor,” trying to lighten Baltimore’s darkness.
“We try to show positivity,” Reeves told Rolling Stone. “We actually go to the hood areas and try to show love and support for those who are less fortunate and those who just need their minds taken off the negativity.”
The Beatles originally released “Come Together” on their 1969 album Abbey Road. Following Jackson’s mid-Eighties purchase of the publishing rights to the Beatles’ catalog, the King of Pop recorded and performed his cover several times throughout his career, including a live version that appears in the film Michael Jackson: Moonwalker. A studio version appeared on the album HIStory, which blended a greatest hits compilation with original material.