As Baltimore residents and officials clean up after Monday’s intense riots, one man hopes to heal the city in his own way. Local singer/rapper Dimitri Reeves is using the music of Michael Jackson to help bring comfort to the surrounding community, which is mourning for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died last week after sustaining a serious spinal cord injury while in police custody.
Reeves, a well-known King of Pop impersonator, took to the streets of Baltimore recently where he not only moonwalked across busy intersections, but also busted out fancy footwork atop trucks — all the while blasting Jackson hits like “Beat It” and “Smooth Criminal”. In some instances, bystanders looked on in confused delight; in others, the music and Reeves’ contagious positivity drew random crowds of folks who wanted to dance, too. Though, to be fair, those people weren’t strangers at all, but united by struggle, united by a shared sense of frustration and pain, and most importantly, united by the power of music.
Below, watch a video which compiles a few of Reeves’ performances.