The Man in the Mirror Project
Michael's Charitable Work:
While most are familiar with Michael Jackson the entertainer, few are as familiar with Michael Jackson the
humanitarian and philanthropist.
Michael helped the less fortunate throughout his life. He regularly visited hospitalized youth and made
frequent calls to sick children. He donated partial proceeds from several hit songs to charity, including "We
Are the World" and "Heal the World." According to the The Guinness Book of World Records 2000 -
Millennium Edition, as of 2000 Michael supported 39 charitable organizations through direct donations, project
sponsorship or participation in various fundraising events.
Michael fostered humanitarian organizations both in the United States and abroad. He took a particular
interest in Africa, which he first visited at the age of 14 with the Jackson 5.
Michael's selflessness did not go unnoticed. He received many humanitarian awards including those from
the African Ambassadors' Spouses Association and the 2003 Radio Music Awards. Michael also received a
honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Fisk University for his service to the United Negro College Fund,
and recognition from President Ronald Reagan for his work against drunk driving.
|"I've seen the very rich and the very poor but I'm mainly interested in the poor...I
want to appreciate what I have and try to help others...I want to see what it's
really like to starve. I don't want to hear it or read it. I want to see it...with
starvation, when you see it, you receive a little more..."
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