7 years ago today Michael Jackson passed away. It’s a day I will never forget because my 2nd oldest daughter was born the exact same day of Michael’s death, June 25, 2009. My newborn, and her mother and I were resting in our hospital room, I turn on the TV and there is breaking news that Michael was rushed to the hospital and that he was unresponsive. I knew he was dead, because, from my experience, everytime the report is that an individual was unresponsive on their way to the hospital, the individual always dies. And so it was with Michael.
Michael did a lot for black people and it needs to be recognized. I decided to remember Michael Jackson on the 7th anniversary of his death by sharing a list of his community work that inspired, helped or paved the way for the black diaspora.
Michael loved the human race, but especially his people in the black diaspora and #nuwla recognizes the brother. Rest in peace Michael.
“January 28, 1985: Michael Jackson was one of the first artists to arrive at ‘A&M Lion Share Studios’ for the now historic recording which brought dozens of nationally acclaimed artists together in the hope of alleviating famine in Africa. In an all-night session, the largest-grossing single in the history of the recording arts, ‘We Are The World’, was recorded, spawning a video cassette and a book, all the proceeds of which were put towards famine relief efforts. The result? $60 million dollars were channelled directly to the countries most affected. Michael Jackson contributed to the effort not only as a featured artist, but he also co-wrote the song with Lionel Ritchie and recorded the demo tracks that were distributed to the participating artists.”
“September 13, 1987: Michael supported the efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudice against black artists.”
“March 1989: At the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, Michael received the ‘Black Radio Exclusive Humanitarian Award’ for his humanitarian efforts.”
“July 26, 1991: Michael paid a visit to the ‘Youth Sports & Art Foundation’ in Los Angeles. The Foundation supports families of gang members and helps with issues such as dealing with drug abuse. Michael talked to the children and presented them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.”
“February 11-18, 1992: Over the course of 8 days Michael covered 30,000 miles of the African continent, (covering Gabon, The Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Kenya, and Libreville), where he visited medical centres, churches, children’s dwellings, schools, and educational charities for disabled children.”
“December 26, 1992: During a broadcast to request donations for the United Negro College Fund, Michael declared: “Black Colleges and Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a qualified education.”
“Mid-January, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Michael gave a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland Ranch. The children were from the ‘Community Youth Sports and Arts Foundation’ in Los Angeles. Michael spent the day mingling with the children, posing for photographs and signing autographs. The children watched Beethoven’s 2nd, played in the amusement park and checked out the zoo.”
“September 1994: ‘Heal L.A.’ funded the implementation of the ‘Los Angeles Team Mentoring Program’ in six Los Angeles schools in Los Angeles’ South Central district and the Pico Union district, reaching over 1000 young people.”
“February 1995: ‘Heal L.A.’ expanded on the ‘Community School/Safe Havens Initiative’ to include over 1200 families.”
“November 2, 1995: Michael received the ‘Diamond of Africa’ award from Ghana’s President, Jerry Rawlings”
“July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael laid a wreath of flowers for youngsters who were killed during the fights involving Apartheid.”
“January 2000: ‘The United Negro College Fund’s ‘Evening Of Stars’ January 15th telethon fundraiser raised $13.5 million in cash and pledges. Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, and Barry White were among the performers.”
“October 2000: Michael donated one of his fedoras, which he autographed, and a limited-edition poster for an auction at the annual gala of the ‘African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association’ in order to help raise money to fight childhood AIDS in Africa.”
“March 25, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ theatre. The event, which helped to launch the ‘Michael Jackson International Book Club’, part of his new ‘Heal the Kids’ charity, aimed to promote childhood reading and to encourage parents to return to reading bedtime stories.”
“April 1, 2004: At the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Michael was presented with a humanitarian award (a golden elephant) from the ‘African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association’ in honour of his worldwide humanitarian efforts, and particularly for his work in fighting AIDS in Africa.”
Staff Writer – David P
Source – His Humanitarian Work, Michael Jackson’s Legacy.