As a philanthropist and humanitarian, Michael Jackson may be best known for "We Are the World," the 1985 song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie which raised millions of dollars to support famine relief in Africa. I recall being glued to my parent's TV, as a small child, while this campaign unfolded. This was my first exposure to giving on an international level. "We Are the World" not only inspired me, but it galvanized many celebrities to rethink their giving. From this new modes of celebrity philanthropy emerged. As I stood in Times Square Tuesday, clutching a Kleenex, at the memorial viewing party, I was struck by the people who stood beside me. The crowd was diverse in every way imaginable. At that moment some of the sadness that has plagued me since his passing melted away. Even in death, Michael Jackson continues to give. He led with his heart, the Universe responded, and he brought the world together. Michael Jackson was not a discreet philanthropist and for that I'll forever be thankful.
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