"I can only hope we continue to keep this man's life and legacy alive," Wonder said.
Cornelius, 75, died Feb. 1 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and Jackson urged people not to judge him. "We reveal our successes to the world but we conceal our pain," he said.
Rather, Jackson said, the public and those who knew Cornelius well should remember what Cornelius built with "Soul Train" and what it meant to the world.
"It brought joy. It brought pride. It brought talent. It brought hope. It brought opportunity. It blazed trails. It reconciled racism," he said. "Tell them what you know, not what you imagine."
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