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Apollo Theater hosts Jackson tribute

June 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fans began lining up early Tuesday outside Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater for a public tribute to the late Michael Jackson. The theater was scheduled to open at 2 p.m., New York time, when fans would be let in to listen to Jackson's music, watch a video tribute to the singer, and leave flowers and memorabilia in his honor.

Jackson first appeared on the Apollo stage with his brothers in 1967. The Jackson 5 won the Amateur Night contest, an event that helped launch their career.

Jackson last appeared at the Apollo in 2002, at the invitation of former President Bill Clinton for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

The theater has become an impromptu memorial site in recent days; fans began gathering there within minutes of the reports of Jackson's death last Thursday.

Tuesday's public tribute will begin with a eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton, a Jackson family confidant. There will be a moment of silence at 5:26 p.m., the time at which Jackson's death was confirmed.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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