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Local writer remembers the King of Pop
By Brian Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
Published May 28, 2012

Margie D. Harris immortalizes Michael Jackson in words with online poetry.

Michael Jackson passed away too soon for the world and left an indelible mark on us all. Margie D. Harris was an admirer and fan of the late pop icon and has published an online book of poetry about Jackson.

Harris is originally from East Texas, where she attended High School before coming to California. She attended L.A. City College where she earned her A.A. degree in English and Public Speaking. Harris furthered her education at UCLA earning her bachelor of arts in the same respective fields.

She would teach throughout the L.A. Unified School District and Colleges for 35 years. Harris has taught at schools such as L.A. High School, Dorsey High School and Roosevelt High school to name a few. Harris has also taught on the college level at schools such as L.A. Trade Tech and L.A. City College. She was also the principal of her own school in Inglewood, Summer Hill Academy. Now retired, Harris is expressing herself through her writing and books.

Her online book, “Moonwalking the Milky Way” was a way for Harris to express her admiration as both a fan and writer.

“When Michael died, I was really devastated because I had listened to him all the time,” said Harris. “

She wanted to contribute and share who Jackson was to her with everyone. Harris felt there wasn’t enough being written or shown about the pop star and channeled her energy into an online book.

“I started thinking and these poems just came to me,” said Harris. “I wrote the first one and then the others came to me.”

Harris sent her poetry on Jackson to the Library of Congress where she got a copyright for her poetry and got a domain site on

“I wanted to trace his life from birth to death and that’s the purpose of the [poems],” said Harris.

Some of her poems include “Moonwalking the Milky Way”, “Gary, Indiana”, and “Hollywoodland.”

“I think it really captures what he was about,” said Harris about “Moonwalking the Milky Way.”

“I think what’s most enduring [about Michael Jackson] is his contribution to music and dance,” said Harris. “He really captured the frontier of both.”

To read poems from “Moonwalking the Milky Way” or find out more information about the book and author, Margie D. Harris, you can visit the website at




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