(Los Angeles, CA) – The last person posthumously celebrated inside the Staples Center before Nipsey Hussle was Michael Jackson. Let that marinate for a moment.
The Rapper/Entrepreneur was remembered by thousands of fans and family members during a 4-hour memorial/celebration of life Thursday where the seeds were planted to continue the Marathon.
More than 21,000 people packed the Staples Center and then thousands upon thousands more lined the streets to pay respect to the slain artist who lost his life on March 31st to gun violence. As the LA Times reports, the procession made its way from downtown L.A. to Watts and then to Inglewood on Thursday. Groups of mourners gathered at several intersections along the 25.5-mile route, some leaning out to touch the silver hearse as it passed and others dodging a long line of cars and motorcycles to snap photos.
A stop at Nipsey’s Marathon Clothing Store was also made.
Hussle’s impact was so intense former President Barack Obama even penned a letter about him. Obama’s letter was read at the memorial service. He said, in it. that while he had never met Hussle and had only heard his music through his daughters, he did learn about his community work after his death.He said Hussle saw potential and hope in his Crenshaw community, and his choice to invest in it is “a legacy worthy of celebration.” He also said he hopes Hussle’s memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and other communities.
The Marathon must continue!