The Apollo Theater will celebrate Michael Jackson’s life and music Today, starting at 2 p.m.
Organizers say 600 fans at a time will be allowed to enter the famed Harlem theater to hear the King of Pop’s music and watch video tributes.
The tributes will pause for a moment of silence at 5:26 p.m. — the time his East Coast fans learned that Jackson had died last Thursday in Los Angeles.
The Reverend Al Sharpton and the president of the theater will give eulogies.
Jackson Fans have been gathering outside the Apollo since news of Jackson’s death, leaving flowers and paying respects. Thousands are expected to attend the tribute, which ends at 9 p.m.
For days now, Jackson fans have been recording their thoughts about the famous singer on a wall along 125th Street.
On Wednesday, July 1st, Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night will be dedicated to Jackson. Audience members will be invited to “moonwalk” during the “Soul Train” dance line.
Jackson first played the Apollo in 1967 as part of the Jackson 5, when the group won the theater’s Amateur Night competition.