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As Michael Jackson’s fans prepare to mark the first anniversary of his death on June 25 with concerts, tributes and remembrances, the superstar’s father has even bigger plans. Get ready for Michael Jackson Day, an annual, universal day of celebration to honor the King of Pop’s life and work. “I would like to see a Michael Jackson Day all over the world,” Joe Jackson tells TIME. “And maybe in the United States it would be a holiday. I want Michael’s legacy to continue on.”

The Jackson patriarch has always been a big talker and the notion is indeed far-fetched. But a year ago, the idea would have been laughable. Following his death, Michael Jackson’s imperfect image has seen a rehabilitation of epic proportions. His reconstructed face, his reclusive tendencies, the accusations of his improprieties with young children — all have fallen away in the wake of his sudden, untimely demise. “There’s an expression for that: In death, all is forgiven,” says Marc Schaffel, Jackson’s former business partner. “Or at least forgotten.”

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article courtesy of Time/CNN.com

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