CBC to Welcome King of Pop at Weekly Meeting

Posted March 25, 2004 at 3:12pm

“King of Pop” Michael Jackson, recently indicted on child molestation charges, is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to talk about world affairs.

Jackson requested the meeting with the 38-member group to discuss his humanitarian efforts including his work to help Africa fight its AIDS epidemic. He will attend the CBC’s regular Wednesday meeting at noon.

Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), a proponent of the visit, said Jackson is innocent until proven guilty under the law and should be welcomed by the Members. He said he wants to show support for Jackson, who has been a backer of the CBC for many years.

“It is good we show our support to Michael Jackson,” said Clay. “He gives so much of himself monetarily and through his talent.”

Jackson has pleaded innocent to seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under age 14, and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent to the child.

Clay said like the public, the CBC shouldn’t prejudge Jackson before the legal process has worked its will.

“I want to stand with him and show my support to Michael Jackson,” he said.

But not all CBC members are delighted with the visit.

One Caucus member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it isn’t in the best interest of the CBC to host Jackson at this time, given the seriousness of the allegations.

“I find it ironic that every time someone gets in trouble they run to the CBC,” said the Member. “We haven’t seen or heard from this guy prior to this.”

The Member expected about half of the CBC would attend the meeting.

“Some people are troubled by the repeated allegations,” the CBC lawmaker said. “They haven’t judged him, but they are troubled by the allegations.”