The Legacy That Must Continue Toward Peace


Today, Michael Jackson would have been 54 years old.  Unfortunately, his time was cut short just as he was preparing for his This Is It Tour, however, Michael continues to be a huge influence for people all around the world.  I at least know that he continues to have a positive impact on my life.  Throughout his life and career, MJ did encounter plenty of bumps and lows and he wasn’t always shown the proper support and love that he worked so hard to deserve.  There were many times where people forgot what Michael truly stood for, but I think this song and video reminds us of that.  Michael may have been wrapped into scandals, but that doesn’t mean we should linger on those moments.  Instead, let us celebrate the positive energy that he spread during his life and that he continues to spread today.  He cared about everybody and he only wanted peace.  I don’t understand why it’s so hard for us to want that, too.  I think we all, including myself, have to honestly listen to this song and hear what Michael was trying to tell us.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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