|Equality For Blacks In Music World (July 9, 2002)|
On July 9, 2002, Michael Jackson, along with other musicians, producers and music executives, addressed the rights of artists, speaking about corruption and conspiricy in the record industry system. They especially demanded better treatment for Blacks from major record companies.
Jackson addressed panelists at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters located in Harlem, New York.
Talking of a conspiricy Michael said:
Using pioneer Otis Blackwell as an example of someone deserving larger recognition, Michael said that there was something terribly amiss in a system that would find Blackwell dying penniless despite having penned such classics as "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up" and "Great Balls of Fire."
Jackson also mentioned that as soon as he himself started to gain power, the system started working to destroy him:
He further stressed:
Jackson asked the crowd not to forget why they were there, by stating:
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