Sharpton said that despite reports to the contrary, the Jacksons are a close-knit family who have always rallied around their most famous member.
"I think they've always operated as a family," he said, adding that strife within the Jackson clan has always been exaggerated. "At the lowest point in Michael's life when he was on trial, it was his mother and father that walked with him out of that courtroom every day."
But things seemed to be looking up for Jackson, professionally, in the months before his death. Though many speculated he would not be physically capable, Jackson, friends and colleagues have said, was looking forward to his 50-concert "This Is It" show in London.
There was something almost magical about Jackson's last rehearsal, according to lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, who said in a BBC radio interview that "it was almost like he couldn't stop himself."
Even though "he was frail you might say," Woodroffe said, he remembered something "extraordinary" happening when Jackson took the stage around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
"Suddenly he was performing as one had remembered him in the past," he said.
While Woodroffe said he didn't know if Jackson would have been able to do all 50 concerts, "there was a sense he would have done it."
"He was an odd person, he was a different person," Woodroffe said, "but my view is you always judge people as you find them."