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Subject: Other Honors Mon May 07, 2012 12:21 pm
In 1988, Jackson was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, from Fisk University and the United Negro College Fund.
In 1989, Michael Jackson's former elementary school, the Gardner Street Elementary in Los Angeles, CA, designated its school auditorium the "Michael Jackson Auditorium" after he was named Most Famous Alumnus of the school. Mr. Jackson appeared at the ceremony, in which the school children sang his hit song, "We Are the World". In 2003, after accusations of child molestation, the school chose to cover Jackson's name with plywood. The school board stated that the request had come from some parents who "felt more comfortable with it covered". Jackson's spokesperson stated that he wondered "what those parents will say when Mr. Jackson is exonerated". At the end of the trial Jackson was acquitted of all charges. Recently, following petitions and letters to City Council and the Gardner Street Elementary School superintendent and principal, the "Michael Jackson Auditorium" sign has been uncovered.
In 2009, Jackson's Thriller album was inducted into the U.S. National Recording Registry. Each year, organizers select twenty-five recorded works to preserve in the Library of Congress archives based on historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. A recording is only eligible beginning 10 years after its creation.
In a high-profile visit to Africa,in 1992 Jackson visited several countries, among them Gabon and Egypt. His first stop to Gabon was greeted with a sizable and enthusiastic reception of more than 100,000 people, some of them carrying signs that read, "Welcome Home Michael." In his trip to Côte d'Ivoire, Jackson was crowned "King Sani" by a tribal chief. He then thanked the dignitaries in French and English, signed official documents formalizing his kingship and sat on a golden throne while presiding over ceremonial dances,a title he held up until his death. Jesse Jackson inherited the title of the High Prince of the Agni people of Côte d'Ivoire from Michael Jackson. He subsequently won the Humanitarian Award from the Pocono Film Festival in 2009. And on March 7, 2010, Michael Jackson honored with 2010 Angel Award by the Children Uniting Nations charity for his work to help disadvantaged youngsters around the world. By accepting the award Rebbie Jackson said "I was very pleased and happy to be a part of this -- Michael was very passionate about children and supporting their causes. Boy, he would have loved this."
In 2007 Jackson visited an the U.S. army base south of Tokyo and greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members, as well as meeting with fans. During the visit he was commemorated with a letter of appreciation from the Colonel.
Note: Michael Jackson also received the following NAACP Image Awards: Best Film Actor in the Wiz (1980) and Entertainer of the Decade-1983.