Rev. Al Sharpton gave a powerful speech at Michael Jackson's memorial at the Staples Center in which he addressed Jackson's three children and thanked him for breaking racial barriers.
During his emotional speech, Sharpton credited Michael for bringing people of all races together. "It was Michael Jackson that brought blacks and whites and Asians and Latinos together. It was Michael Jackson that made us sing 'we are the world,' to feed the hungry long before Live Aid."
"It was that comfort level that kids from Japan and Ghana and France and Iowa and Pennsylvania got comfortable enough with each other so later it wasn't strange to us to watch Oprah on television," the reverend continued.
"Those young kids grew up from being teenage comfortable fans of Michael to being 40 years old and being comfortable to vote for a person of color to be the president of the United States of America," he continued.
"Michael did that," Sharpton said. "Michael made us love each other. Michael taught us to stand with each other."
He then addressed Michael’s three children three children Michael Joseph Jr. aka Prince Michael, 12; Paris Michael Katherine, 11; and Prince Michael II aka ‘Blanket’, 7.
"I want his children to know there was nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with."
The speech prompted a standing ovation, with Michael's daughter Paris being among the first to stand. Whether you agree or disagree with Rev. Al Sharpton's statements, he gave one powerful speech! Check out his speech below and let us know your thoughts.