#ICYMI: The UN Global Climate Change conference in September opened with a choir singing Michael’s “Earth Song.” The same happened with a group of Polish kids protesting climate change in December. #MJInspires
“You have no idea how important it is that you are doing something for other people.” – Michael Jackson to Jennifer Love Hewitt. Watch the actress recount her memories of working with Michael, and the impact he had on her.
Michael knew that an education was very important. It was widely known he owned over 10,000 books. In order to help others get a quality education, Michael Jackson established the Michael Jackson Scholarship fund with the United Negro College Fund. He donated $1.5 million. That scholarship is still available today. #MJHumanitarian
“I feel like that’s part of the reason Michael Jackson is one of my favorite artists. Whenever he took a political stance, it was always through his music.” – Camila Cabello credits Michael with inspiring the content of her debut album, Camila.
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“Michael Jackson artistically and aesthetically never turned his back on blackness. His work was always in conversation with black culture both in the United States and more globally." - Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University #BlackHistoryMonth
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has passed away. In addition to his stellar playing career, Robinson also was the first black manager in MLB history and contributed greatly to the African American community. Read more:
On February 7, 1989, Michael Jackson visited Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA to help offer solace to the survivors of the first mass shooting at a school in the United States. The visit “meant a lot” to the children affected by the shooting. #MJHumanitarian
“Man in the Mirror” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States on February 6, 1988. Proceeds from the song were donated to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times to help children suffering from cancer. #MJHumanitarian.
Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s “mind-bending” routine at the Collegiate Challenge which was choreographed to a medley that included “I Want You Back” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” wasn’t even the first time she’s performed (and beat the competition) with Michael Jackson. She broke the internet the first time with a Michael Jackson-themed routine at the Pac-10 last year. The world responded to not...
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“No one would know the trials this kid is going through because he just dances his way through treatment and is just a light of hope to everyone who meets him.” 5-year-old Solomon Haufano Jr is using Michael’s music to help battle cancer. Read more here:
Whenever Michael was on tour, he would always make time to visit hospitals in the different cities he visited and would spend time with as many of the patients as he could. He was always looking to bring happiness to everyone whom he crossed paths with. #MJHumanitarian
Deep cuts: Michael’s song “Shout” is a lesser known recording that was released as a b-side on the UK single for “Cry” from Invincible in 2001. In classic Michael form, draws attention to human disconnection and the need for people to help each other. Listen here:
The BAD Tour ended January 27, 1989, after a record-setting 16 month run. The final shows featured a five-night stand in Los Angeles. All in all, Michael performed 123 shows in 15 countries for 4.4 million people.
Michael again made history by winning the first “International Artist” Award at the American Music Awards on January 25, 1993. He also received honors for Best Album (pop/rock) for Dangerous and Best Soul/R&B Single for “Remember the Time” that night.