Who would have predicted that when Michael Jackson announced his “This Is It Tour” on March 5, 2009 that a little over three months later the title of his concert tour would have a more prophetic meaning — his final heartbeat — his death on June 26, 2009 at 2:26PM.
Michael Jackson’s announcement on Sky News was heartfelt. “This is it… these will be my final show performances in London… when I say this is it, I mean this is it… this is the final curtain call… I’ll see you in July… and I love you, I really do… from the bottom of my heart!” Rolling Stone magazine reported on March 12, 2009 that the 50-concert affair, scheduled to start July 2009 and to continue until February of 2010, sold out within a week.
As the media and tabloids spew out of control covering every angle of the controversy and mystery surrounding Jackson’s death and his life, addressing and analyzing the fate of his children, the Jackson family, reactions and opinions of his life, death, and music, and his legacy, tributes to “The King of Pop” arise around the world. However, even though he is not even buried yet, there is too much coverage, too many discussions, and gossip about his estate, debt, his lavish lifestyle, his physicality, and other perceived negative aspects of Jackson’s personal life.
Michael Jackson is the “King of Pop” who changed music forever! We can all recite his hit songs and probably even the lyrics ("Bad," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Black or White," "Dirty Diana," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Heal The World," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Man In The Mirror," "PYT," and so many more), but do we know and can we list the amount of time and money Michael Jackson spent helping others?
Charities that Michael Jackson has individually supported publicly throughout his career (and this is just what is recorded) include the following:
- AIDS Project L.A.
- American Cancer Society
- Angel Food
- Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
- BMI Foundation, Inc.
- Brotherhood Crusade
- Brothman Burn Center
- Camp Ronald McDonald
- Childhelp U.S.A.
- Children's Institute International
- Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
- Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
- Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
- Dakar Foundation
- Dreamstreet Kids
- Dreams Come True Charity
- Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
- Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
- Love Match
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Minority AIDS Project
- Motown Museum
- National Rainbow Coalition
- Rotary Club of Australia
- Society of Singers
- Starlight Foundation
- The Carter Center's Atlanta Project
- The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
- United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
- United Negro College Fund Ladders of Hope
- Volunteers of America
- Watts Summer Festival
- Wish Granting
- YMCA – 28th Street/Crenshaw
Michael Jackson was listed in the 2000 edition of the Guiness Book Of World Records for breaking the world record for the "Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star." It states that Michael Jackson has supported 39 charity organizations either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or by participating in their silent auctions.
Michael Jackson is more than a musical icon, he was a humanitarian and his final tour was a moonwalk to heaven!