Rev. Lucious Smith, Sr. Pastor of Pasadena California's Historic Friendship Baptist Church and family friend of the Jackson family, gave the prayer at Michael Jackson's memorial services held on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Rev. Smith also spoke to the world-wide audience about the life of of Michael Jackson.
The Andre Crouch choir sung a soul stirring rendition of the song, "Soon and Very Soon", which moved the crowd to a standing ovation. Elder Crouch is the Pastor of The New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, CA.
Other speakers and performers included, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jennifer Hudson,Kobe Bryant, Martin Luther King III, Lionel Richie, Berry Gordy, Magic Johnson and Usher, among others.