Black History Month Profiles: Michael Jackson

Jackson busts out some of his most iconic dance moves on the set of the “Thriller” music video. Photo courtesy of

Many consider Michael Jackson to be the “greatest entertainer in history” because of his eye-popping dance moves, musical versatility, and creative style. He gave himself the nickname “King of Pop” in 1991 to represent his major influence in the music industry, and it became known worldwide. Some of Jackson’s most well-known songs include “Billie Jean,” “Bad,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”
Jackson started his music career at a young age with his family band, The Jackson 5.  Their style mainly includes pop, funk, and soul. He continued on this path of pop as a solo artist in 1971 and performed for the 1993 Super Bowl Halftime show.
His first solo tour, Bad World began in Tokyo, lasting 16 months. His last tour, the This Is It tour, eventually turned into a documentary with behind the scenes footage of rehearsals and backstage discussions. He died before the completion of this tour on June 25, 2009 due to cardiac arrest.
Jackson influenced pop culture, introducing the moonwalk dance and iconic bedazzled glove. He also influenced the dance styles of other famous artists such as Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. He celebrated diversity and multiculturalism through the use of his music videos and songs.