See: Michael Jackson Busted Out The Moonwalk 33 Years Ago Today On ‘Motown 25’ – http://wp.me/p1a674-iuU
In a prelude to his own performance, Marvin Gaye said of Motown and the passage of time, “my loved ones, yesterday was the birthplace of today and today is the birthplace of forever.” Marvin’s words were the foreshadowing of a moment that was to come moments after.
Motown 25 was a celebration of the past and accomplishments that were unusually rare for Black artists in America. It was a celebration of love, music and cultural heritage. Most significantly, it was the birthplace of the “King of Pop.” Whether we knew what was to come or not, that one moment in our history is the moment Michael Jackson became “King.” It was a title he earned and deserved and it was a moment so special that many of us didn’t experience any similar until November 3, 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. It was that same emotion we felt watching the poll results come in that many of us felt 25 years prior.
For whatever is said or written about Michael Jackson, the one thing that cannot be stressed enough is how he revolutionized American popular music. He upped the ante every time he came out and our lives, our culture are all the better for it.