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it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 02:30:28 AM
If this has been posted before, my apologies. It's amazing that the media and even the MJ fan community doesn't talk about this fact.
Michael himself was/is always so humble about his achievements!
But  :th_bravo: to you  Dr. Jackson HLD / Michael our friend!
Please check out the entire link since it has more pictures, and the comments are also interesting.

Michael Jackson, HLD…AKA “Dr. J” | AllForLoveBlog

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MICHAEL JACKSON, HLD…AKA “DR. J”
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“Michael, I’m sorry that Nancy and I could not be with you for this very special day, but I want to congratulate you for the honors you are receiving tonight from the United Negro College Fund and the honorary degree awarded you by Fisk University. Let me be the first to call you the new Dr. “J.”-Ronald Reagan, 1988.

Wow! Just wow. I never realized there was so much confusion about Michael Jackson’s formal education until I officially started researching for this article. Initially, I was simply curious about Michael’s honorary degree from Fisk University, which he was awarded in 1988. In the wake of Whitney Houston’s recent passing, when I was searching for all photos and events of her and Michael together, I kept coming across references to, and photos, from the United Negro College Fund’s 44thth anniversary event in 1988 where Michael was awarded his honorary doctorate degree in humane letters from Fisk University as well as receiving the Frederick D. Patterson Award, and where Whitney Houston sang in his honor. So I decided I would learn more about what an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters actually is, what privileges it entitles its receipients, and a bit about its history. A nice story, right?

What I didn’t realize is just how much confusion and lack of actual knowledge exists about Michael’s education, even among some fans. For starters, just try googling “Did Michael Jackson Graduate High School?” You won’t have any trouble finding sources that say he did, and just as many that say he didn’t!

Here, for example, is an article published just after his death that erroneously reports that he was a graduate of Montclair College Preparatory School:

And this website is very typical of the conflicting information that is all over the internet:

It’s almost amusing to go to sites like this just to see how many contradictory answers one might come up with! One fan commenting on the above site had even confused the images of the 1988 ceremony with an actual high school graduation.


JUST AS WITH EVERY OTHER ASPECT OF HIS LIFE, THE TRUTH ABOUT MICHAEL'S EDUCATION SEEMS TO BE A SOURCE OF CONFUSION AND CONTRADICTIONS
What is known for certain is that Michael rounded out his high school years at Monclaire Preparatory School in Van Nuys, California (9th and 10th grades) and Califonia Preparatory High School, but apparently did not officially graduate.

You can read more about Michael’s high school days in both of these great articles that were published on the MJJ-777 website:


MICHAEL'S KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, FELICIA CHILDRESS, REMEMBERS A KID WHO WAS BRIGHT AND EAGER TO LEARN IN SCHOOL
In a way, it shouldn’t be too surprising to realize that Michael Jackson wasn’t exactly a kid in dire need of a formal education. He had been performing since age five; famous since age ten. As early as kindergarten, he was already having to explain to his teacher Felicia Childress why he was missing so much school. “M-Mrs. Childress, p-please don’t be mad at me, I-I was in New York,” he once told her, in his excited, childish stammer, when she had to ask why he had missed the last two weeks. This was a delightful story that Felicia Childress told the audience when I attended the 2010 Fanvenntion, and in other interviews she has always mentioned what a bright, gregarious and popular student Michael was, but that sadly, she witnessed at an early age for him how his childhood joy and eagerness to learn was-if not snuffed out, let’s just say, very dimisnished-by the demands of his childhood fame. It wasn’t that he ever lost the interest in learning. In fact, quite the contrary. As an adult, he would become a voracious reader, eventually amassing an enormous library of over 10,000 books on every subject, and by all accounts, a knowledgable art scholar and connoseur. But the demands of a show business career-especially in the halycon days of The Jackson 5′s peak fame-made the rigors of a structured school environment all but impossible to maintain. For starters, how can anyone expect a kid to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager to learn at eight am, when he’s been up half the night performing, or up all night in the recording studio? Eventually, although Michael would continue to be enrolled in a succession of both public and private schools, his primary education-as is true for most kids living a life on the road or in front of the cameras-would come via private tutors.

That, and the school of hard knocks, as the old saying goes.


MICHAEL'S YEARBOOK PHOTO FROM MONTCLAIRE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
And, let’s be honest here- with the immediate rewards of a show busness career, did Michael really have the desire or motivation for a formal education? I would imagine as a teenager, probably not. Michael’s year of graduation would have been 1977. But in 1977, Michael was already in New York, filming “The Wiz,” embarking on what he hoped at the time would be a succesful movie career-and also laying the groundwork for his first, huge solo album, Off The Wall. I would imagine at the time that a high school diploma was really the least of his concerns. He didn’t need a piece of paper to prove his worth.

But from varying accounts I have gathered, I do believe that Michael’s views on formal education changed as he got older. There was a rumor at the time of his death that he had planned to go back to school to study art (some sources saying, at Paris’s insisting). I don’t know how easy it would have been for Michael to trade in the white glove and fedora for a classroom desk and a notepad, but the story is proof that as Michael was entering middle age, he was thinking a lot about the different paths that were available to him-and about treading some new ones. Opening new doors of possibility.

However, many don’t realize that Michael Jackson did, in fact, have a doctorate degree-and a legitimate one, at that! Although his honorary degree awarded by Fisk University received a huge splash of publicity in 1988, this fact was all but swept under the rug in the proceeding years, as the media became more and more obsessed with nonsense about plastic surgery, skin bleaching, baby dangling, and sleepovers at the expense of everything worthwhile he had ever achieved, including his enormous contributiuons to humanitarian efforts. By the time this same media was announcing his death in 2009, no one seemed to remember that Michael Jackson was actually Dr. Jackson! Perhaps if Michael, following the example of many honorary degree recipients such as Stephen Colbert, Hunter S. Thompson, or even the revered Maya Angelou, had insisted on using his “doctor” title, more would have remembered.


MICHAEL WITH JUST A FEW OF HIS OVER 10,000 BELOVED BOOKS
Of course, had he done so, I’m sure the media would have made a mockery of it, just as they did with his King Of Pop title (never mind how well earned the title may have been!). I’m sure they would have insisted on calling him “the self-proclaimed Dr. Jackson!” Even now, they can’t get it right. When Whitney Houston’s passing forced many news outlets to take a fresh look at the 1988 UNCF 44thth anniversary event, several of them mistakenly reported that Michael’s honorary degree was awarded by the United Negro College, rather than Fisk University! (Not exactly a forgiveable error, since all it takes is the most basic, rudimentary fact checking to get the story straight!).


WHITNEY SANG THE BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM, "LIFT EV'RY VOICE AND SING" AND "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" IN COMMEMORATION OF THE EVENT
Well, rant aside, I decided to do some research on Michael’s degree, on honoray degrees in general, and The Doctor of Humane Letters degree in particular. What I found was a bit surprising-in a good way!

First of all, let’s look at what an honorary degree, awarded by a legitimate and accredited institution of higher learning, actually is:

An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa (Latin: “for the sake of the honor”) is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, study, and the passing of examinations. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution.

Usually the degree is conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific field, or to society in general. The university often derives benefits by association with the person in question.

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The practice dates back to the middle ages, when for various reasons a university might be persuaded, or otherwise see fit, to grant exemption from some or all of the usual statutory requirements for award of a degree. The earliest honorary degree on record was awarded to Lionel Woodville in the late 1470s by the University of Oxford He later became Bishop of Salisbury.

In the latter part of the sixteenth century, the granting of honorary degrees became quite common, especially on the occasion of royal visits to Oxford or Cambridge.  On the visit of James I to Oxford in 1605, for example, forty-three members of his retinue (fifteen of whom were earls or barons) received the degree of Master of Arts, and the Register of Convocation explicitly states that these were full degrees, carrying the usual privileges (such as voting rights in Convocation and Congregation).

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Honorary degrees are usually awarded at regular graduation ceremonies, at which the recipients are often invited to make a speech of acceptance before the assembled faculty and graduates – an event which often forms the highlight of the ceremony. Generally universities nominate several persons each year for honorary degrees; these nominees usually go through several committees before receiving approval. Those who are nominated are generally not told until a formal approval and invitation are made; often it is perceived that the system is shrouded in secrecy, and occasionally seen as political and controversial.[citation needed]

The term honorary degree is a slight misnomer: honoris causa degrees, being awarded by a university under the terms of its charter, may be considered to have technically the same standing, and to grant the same privileges and style of address as their substantive counterparts, except where explicitly stated to the contrary. In practice, however, such degrees tend to be popularly considered not to be of the same standing as substantive degrees, except perhaps where the recipient has demonstrated an appropriate level of academic scholarship that would ordinarily qualify them for the award of a substantive degree. Recipients of honorary degrees typically wear the same academic dress as recipients of substantive degrees, although there are a few exceptions: honorary graduands at the University of Cambridge wear the appropriate full-dress gown but not the hood, and those at the University of St Andrews wear a black cassock instead of the usual full-dress gown.

An ad eundem or jure dignitatis degree is sometimes considered honorary, although they are only conferred on an individual who has already achieved a comparable qualification at another university or by attaining an office requiring the appropriate level of scholarship.

Although higher doctorates such as DSc, DLitt, etc., are often awarded honoris causa, in many countries (notably England and Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) it is possible formally to earn such a degree. This typically involves the submission of a portfolio of peer-refereed research, usually undertaken over a number of years, which has made a substantial contribution to the academic field in question. The university will appoint a panel of examiners who will consider the case and prepare a report recommending whether or not the degree be awarded. Usually, the applicant must have some strong formal connection with the university in question, for example full-time academic staff, or graduates of several years’ standing.

Some universities, seeking to differentiate between substantive and honorary doctorates, have a degree (often DUniv, or Doctor of the University) which is used for these purposes, with the other higher doctorates reserved for formally-examined academic scholarship.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has the authority to award degrees. These “Lambeth degrees  are sometimes, erroneously, thought to be honorary; however the archbishops have for many centuries had the legal authority (originally as the representatives of the Pope, later confirmed by a 1533 Act of Henry VIII, to award degrees and regularly do so to people who have either passed an examination or are deemed to have satisfied the appropriate requirements.

Between the two extremes of honoring celebrities and formally assessing a portfolio of research, many universities use honorary degrees to recognize achievements of intellectual rigor comparable to an earned degree. Some learned societies award honorary fellowships in the same way as honorary degrees are awarded by universities for similar reasons.

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In some countries, recipients of an honorary doctorate may, if they wish, adopt the title of “Doctor”.[citation needed] Many universities, however, request that an honorary graduate refrain from such practice. A typical example of university regulations is Honorary graduates may use the approved post-nominal letters. It is not customary, however, for recipients of an honorary doctorate to adopt the prefix ‘Dr’ . In some universities, it is however a matter of personal preference for an honorary doctor to use the formal title of “Doctor”, regardless of the background circumstances for the award. Written communications where an honorary doctorate has been awarded may include the letters “h.c.” after the award to indicate that status.

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The recipient of an honorary degree may add the degree title postnominally, but it should always be made clear that the degree is honorary by adding “honorary” or “honoris causa” or “h.c.” in parenthesis after the degree title. In some countries, a person who holds an honorary doctorate may use the title “Doctor” prenominally, abbreviated “Dr.h.c.” or “Dr.(h.c.)”. Sometimes, they use “Hon” before the degree letters, for example, “Hon DMus”.

In recent years, some universities have adopted entirely separate post nominal titles for honorary degrees. This is in part due to the confusion that honorary degrees have caused. It is now common in certain countries to use certain degrees, such as LLD or HonD, as purely honorary. For instance, an honorary doctor of the Auckland University of Technology takes the special title HonD instead of the usual PhD Some universities, including the Open University grant Doctorates of the University (DUniv) to selected nominees, while awarding PhD or EdD degrees to those who have fulfilled the academic requirements.

Most[citation needed] American universities award the degrees of LLD (Doctor of Laws), the LittD (Doctor of Letters), the LHD (Doctor of Humane Letters), the ScD (Doctor of Science), the PedD (Doctor of Pedagogy) and the DD (Doctor of Divinity) only as honorary degrees.

This was taken from the Universal Degrees webpage:

Universities that offer honorary doctorate degree or honorary degrees usually have an entire panel of experts which selects, nominates and then awards the honorary degree to individuals. How, when and why the degree will be awarded is also discussed and evaluated among the panel. With regards to the policies of the institute that rewards honorary degrees, the degree can be perceived as the same as achieved after completing an education. [my emphasis]. Honorary degrees are also called doctorate degrees.

Honorary Degree - Universal Degrees


IF WE CAN CALL ELTON "SIR," THERE'S NO REASON NOT TO CALL MICHAEL "DR." BOTH ARE HONORARY TITLES; ONE NO LESS LEGIT THAN THE OTHER!
One good analogy for the receiving of an honoray doctorate degree could be to compare it to the UK’s current custom of bestowing honorary knight titles to celebrities and other persons of note. Do you think that Paul McCartney or Elton John would have ever been knighted in the days of King Arthur? Probably not. But by the current definition of the knighthood, they are seen as British citizens whose contributions to the world have earned them the respect of the government. They have earned their titles, not by bloodshed or battles fought, but by example and servitutude (i.e, their contributions to their country and as goodwill ambassadors).  And from what I’ve seen, the media seems to have no problem referring to them by their titles, without even so much as a hint of snarkiness. After all, they were legitimately “awarded” their titles-along with all the honors and priveleges thereof!

In the same way, the bestowing of an honorary doctorate in an institution’s way of saying, We recognize that this individual’s accomplishments are the equivalent of an earned degree in that field.

Specifically, Michael’s honorary degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters is a degree bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to philanthrophy and the humanities-an academic discipline that includes not only the arts and sciences, but literature, history, and philosophy as well.

Humane letters is a term for classical liberal arts education that emphasizes history, literature, and other humanities fields. The term has its roots in the intellectual movement known as Renaissance Humanism, a 14th century movement marked by the rediscovery of Greco-Roman literary works by European scholars.


WITH HIS HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE IN HUMANE LETTERS, MICHAEL JACKSON JOINED THE RANKS OF SUCH LUMINARY FIGURES AS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
What is an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters? | eHow.com

In being bestowed an honorary doctorate, Michael Jackson, in fact, joined a long list of very accomplished important and historical figures, including not only the aforementioned Maya Angelou and Hunter S. Thompson, but also such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Booker T. Washington, Georgia O’ Keefe, Prince Charles, Eudora Welty, Margaret Thatcher,and the Reverend Billy Graham, to name just a very few  (of course, it’s a list that also includes some less stellar names such as Diane Sawyer!). In fact, it’s an honor that has yet to even be bestowed on our own president! There was controversy when Arizona State University refused to grant an honorary degree to Barack Obama, their excuse being that Obama had yet to prove himself. “His body of work is yet to come.”

Obama turns controversy into jokes, lesson at commencement - CNN

Apparently, Fisk University had no such qualms about Michael Jackson, who by 1988 had accomplished more-and contributed more to the good of the planet-than most will ever do in a lifetime!

Fisk University in itself has a fascinating history, of which many may not be aware. This is from the college’s “About” webpage:



Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men — John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith — established the Fisk School in Nashville, named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmens Bureau, who provided the new institution with facilities in former Union Army barracks near the present site of Nashvilles Union Station. In these facilities Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866. The first students ranged in age from seven to seventy, but shared common experiences of slavery and poverty — and an extraordinary thirst for learning.

In 1954, Fisk became the first, private, black college accredited for its music programs by the National Association of Schools of Music. Today, Fisk also holds memberships in the American Association of Schools of Music, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Its department of chemistry is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. Fisk is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and is approved for teacher certification purposes by the State of Tennessee Department of Education.

Today, Fisk is recognized nationally for its ability to produce young leaders.  Specifically, Fisk has received multiple awards for our traditional capacity to put students, many of whom are the first generation of their families to enroll in higher education, on the pathway to academic success.  In the last three academic years, Fisk has been recognized for its success in graduating students by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Princeton Review’s Best 368 Colleges, US News & World Report, and Washington Monthly. The consistent theme throughout those accolades is that Fisk excels among all liberal arts schools in the nation in terms of research, service learning opportunities and its work to aid the social mobility of 1st generation college students.

Fisk - About Fisk

It’s also worth noting that in 1866, when Fisk University was established, Nashville was a struggling community still scarred from the recent Battle of Franklin in 1864, described as “the bloodiest hours of the American Civil War.”

http://www.carter-house.org/the-battle-of-franklin/

It’s doubly amazing to think that out of the ashes of that ruin, three African-American men with little more than a dream managed to establish one of the first succesful black colleges in America.

"TO WANT TO LEARN, TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LEARN, AND NOT BE ABLE TO IS A TRAGEDY"-MICHAEL JACKSON
In March of 1988 Jet Magazine gave Michael’s honorary degree and the accompanying ceremony a full, seven page spread. I’ve reproduced the spread here, as best I can. As you can tell, it was quite an event and Jet Magazine seemed to fully grasp the importance of this honor, as well as why Michael was deserving of it!

 
Yet for all of the above, this achievement, like so many other of Michael’s achievements outside of music, has been underplayed and under reported. How much so? Well, apparently enough that he doesn’t even merit an inclusion on the wiki page of famous honorary degree recepients! (An oversight I definitely intend to correct, so don’t be surprised if you do see his name included by the time you read this!).

When Michael died, there were a bazillion “tribute” articles that rehashed all the controversies of his life, and a genuine few that actually paid decent homage to his contributuons to music and his cultural legacy. But precious few that actually acknowledged him as someone worthy of academic respect. This piece by Jennifer Viegas was one of the brief but notable exceptions:

Pop star Michael Jackson, who died one year ago this week, not only changed music and pop culture, but he also impacted engineering, law, medicine, psychology and other academic fields, according to a Texas Tech University pop culture expert.

Rob Weiner, a pop-culture author and associate librarian in the Texas Tech Libraries, recently helped compile a bibliographic guide for a special issue of The Journal of Pan African Studies showing Jackson’s influence into the often dusty halls of academia.

The list of scholarly papers and peer-reviewed articles, culled from more than 100 databases, found the King of Pop referenced in psychology, medical, chemistry, mass communications and even engineering journals.

For instance, researchers used Jackson to critique the media’s handling of criminal cases. A 911 call made by Jackson prompted an article in Fire Engineering journal, while a British Medical Journal piece written after Jackson’s death discussed ethical issues that arise when a patient is more powerful than the attending physician. ( I am fairly certain that the 911 call she is referring to is actually a reference to the 911 call placed by Alberto Alvarez, not by Michael Jackson)-my note.

One chemistry professor argued that reframing popular songs such as “Billie Jean” could help students understand difficult chemistry concepts.

“I knew that Jackson permeated pop culture, but academics can be kind of snooty about what they choose to study,” Weiner said. “The fact that someone would take a Michael Jackson song and co-opt it as a means to convey chemistry concepts just shows the pervasiveness of Jackson’s influence.”

The below video, a compilation of Jackson images from Ebony Magazine, shows the pop star receiving his PhD. Few people remember that he was Dr. Jackson, having received this Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Fisk University.

Pop Star Michael Jackson Influenced Academics, Received PhD : Discovery News
Here is the video referenced in her article:
 
More of Michael’s big night, captured on video:
 
I can’t help but be struck by the sad poignancy of Viegas’s closing words: “Few people remember that he was Dr. Jackson.”
Well, it’s time to start remembering. We cannot begin to fully acknowledge or appreciate Michael Jackson’s contributions until we have recognized the full scope of his abilities and the true range of what he achieved in his amazing life. Michael wanted young black people, especially, to realize that they were only as limited as their dreams allowed them to be. For those who don’t know, the term “doctor” actually comes from a Latin phrase that simply translates “to teach.” A person with a doctorate-honorary or otherwise-is literally one who teaches.

THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A "DOCTOR" IS ONE WHO TEACHES...AND THOSE WHO TEACH CORRECTLY, INSPIRE! MICHAEL WAS, THEN, IN EVERY SENSE TRULY "DR. JACKSON"
By the accounts of almost everyone who ever knew him, Michael was a teacher. He never stopped inspiring others to reach their full potential. He mentored so many countless people, especially young people. Even in This Is It, during his last weeks of life, we see him patiently mentoring the young dancers, and coaxing the shy Orianthi into the spotlight: “This is your time to shine.”
Maybe it’s fitting. The world at large remembers Michael Jackson, The Entertainer. But to those whose lives he touched, he was truly Dr. Jackson-a teacher and mentor to the end.
Make that, Dr. Jackson, PhD! Not bad for a poor kid from Gary, Indiana’s “colored” side of the tracks.
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

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 :th_bravo: Michael....thanks for sharing this with us.  A very intelligent man, and just goes to prove he would never put his life at risk without researching the risks of certain medications....... :icon_e_wink:

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 03:27:54 AM
haven't seen this one before. thank you mjonmind :bearhug:
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 04:25:00 AM
Thank you so much MJonmind!  :th_bravo: this kind of article should be in the news instead of horrible lies..
Dr.J. sounds great!  :icon_razz:
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 04:34:01 AM
Your welcome; it seems this person really had to dig to get this information (something journalists generally don't bother to do >:( ).

 :smiley_abuv: and  :th_bravo: and  :abouttime: to all the faithful friends of MJ around the world who strive to honor him in the way he deserves!

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 07:35:46 AM
MJonmind, thanks for the great article.  I never saw this before, thanks for bringing it to our attention!  :bearhug:

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 07:43:26 AM
Great! Thanks for posting.

That´s the kind of thing that the world public should be reading about instead of bizarre and distorted media trash.
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

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Just Awesome! Michael you are my hero you deserve to be endless loved  :bearhug:
I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE!!

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

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MJ: "If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same,
 then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."








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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 23, 2012, 03:52:02 PM
Since we are in the field of academic achievements of Michael, here's his speech at the Oxford University ("Heal The Kids" -2001),
one of my favorite speeches, I think it's one of the best and longest he has ever given!



ALL Michael Jackson Oxford Speech
"March 21st 2001 Michael Jackson visited Oxford University in England, one of the best and most prestigious universities in the world. Michael wanted to lecture and promote his "Heal The Kids" initiative and propose his children's universal bill of rights. At times Michael almost came to tears especially when talking about his own childhood and relationship with his father. At the same time understanding why his father was so hard on Michael and his brothers and sisters.
It's a speech that gives a great insight into Michael's views on children, how much he truly loved children around the world and how he wanted them all to be loved, not just by him but by everyone. He highlights simple things such as the importance of a bed time story. He requests for us to reconnect with our families."


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiIP5i1jtEU[/youtube]

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPEECH


Heal The Kids - Oxford Speech

Oxford University, March 2001 by Michael Jackson


Thank you, thank you dear friends, from the bottom of my heart, for such a loving and spirited welcome, and thank you, Mr President, for your kind invitation to me which I am so honoured to accept. I also want to express a special thanks to you Shmuley, who for 11 years served as Rabbi here at Oxford. You and I have been working so hard to form Heal the Kids, as well as writing our book about childlike qualities, and in all of our efforts you have been such a supportive and loving friend. And I would also like to thank Toba Friedman, our director of operations at Heal the Kids, who is returning tonight to the alma mater where she served as a Marshall scholar, as well as Marilyn Piels, another central member of our Heal the Kids team.

I am humbled to be lecturing in a place that has previously been filled by such notable figures as Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X. I've even heard that Kermit the Frog has made an appearance here, and I've always felt a kinship with Kermit's message that it's not easy being green. I'm sure he didn't find it any easier being up here than I do!

As I looked around Oxford today, I couldn't help but be aware of the majesty and grandeur of this great institution, not to mention the brilliance of the great and gifted minds that have roamed these streets for centuries. The walls of Oxford have not only housed the greatest philosophical and scientific geniuses - they have also ushered forth some of the most cherished creators of children's literature, from J.R.R. Tolkien to CS Lewis. Today I was allowed to hobble into the dining hall in Christ Church to see Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland immortalised in the stained glass windows. And even one of my own fellow Americans, the beloved Dr Seuss graced these halls and then went on to leave his mark on the imaginations of millions of children throughout the world.

I suppose I should start by listing my qualifications to speak before you this evening. Friends, I do not claim to have the academic expertise of other speakers who have addressed this hall, just as they could lay little claim at being adept at the moonwalk - and you know, Einstein in particular was really TERRIBLE at that.

But I do have a claim to having experienced more places and cultures than most people will ever see. Human knowledge consists not only of libraries of parchment and ink - it is also comprised of the volumes of knowledge that are written on the human heart, chiselled on the human soul, and engraved on the human psyche. And friends, I have encountered so much in this relatively short life of mine that I still cannot believe I am only 42. I often tell Shmuley that in soul years I'm sure that I'm at least 80 - and tonight I even walk like I'm 80! So please harken to my message, because what I have to tell you tonight can bring healing to humanity and healing to our planet.

Through the grace of God, I have been fortunate to have achieved many of my artistic and professional aspirations realised early in my lifetime. But these, friends are accomplishments, and accomplishments alone are not synonymous with who I am. Indeed, the cheery five-year-old who belted out Rockin' Robin and Ben to adoring crowds was not indicative of the boy behind the smile.

Tonight, I come before you less as an icon of pop (whatever that means anyway), and more as an icon of a generation, a generation that no longer knows what it means to be children.

All of us are products of our childhood. But I am the product of a lack of a childhood, an absence of that precious and wondrous age when we frolic playfully without a care in the world, basking in the adoration of parents and relatives, where our biggest concern is studying for that big spelling test come Monday morning.

Those of you who are familiar with the Jackson Five know that I began performing at the tender age of five and that ever since then, I haven't stopped dancing or singing. But while performing and making music undoubtedly remain as some of my greatest joys, when I was young I wanted more than anything else to be a typical little boy. I wanted to build tree houses, have water balloon fights, and play hide and seek with my friends. But fate had it otherwise and all I could do was envy the laughter and playtime that seemed to be going on all around me.

There was no respite from my professional life. But on Sundays I would go Pioneering, the term used for the missionary work that Jehovah's Witnesses do. And it was then that I was able to see the magic of other people's childhood.

Since I was already a celebrity, I would have to don a disguise of fat suit, wig, beard and glasses and we would spend the day in the suburbs of Southern California, going door-to-door or making the rounds of shopping malls, distributing our Watchtower magazine. I loved to set foot in all those regular suburban houses and catch sight of the shag rugs and La-Z-Boy armchairs with kids playing Monopoly and grandmas baby-sitting and all those wonderful, ordinary and starry scenes of everyday life. Many, I know, would argue that these things seem like no big deal. But to me they were mesmerising.

I used to think that I was unique in feeling that I was without a childhood. I believed that indeed there were only a handful with whom I could share those feelings. When I recently met with Shirley Temple Black, the great child star of the 1930s and 40s, we said nothing to each other at first, we simply cried together, for she could share a pain with me that only others like my close friends Elizabeth Taylor and McCauley Culkin know.

I do not tell you this to gain your sympathy but to impress upon you my first important point : It is not just Hollywood child stars that have suffered from a non-existent childhood. Today, it's a universal calamity, a global catastrophe. Childhood has become the great casualty of modern-day living. All around us we are producing scores of kids who have not had the joy, who have not been accorded the right, who have not been allowed the freedom, or knowing what it's like to be a kid.

Today children are constantly encouraged to grow up faster, as if this period known as childhood is a burdensome stage, to be endured and ushered through, as swiftly as possible. And on that subject, I am certainly one of the world's greatest experts.

Ours is a generation that has witnessed the abrogation of the parent-child covenant. Psychologists are publishing libraries of books detailing the destructive effects of denying one's children the unconditional love that is so necessary to the healthy development of their minds and character. And because of all the neglect, too many of our kids have, essentially, to raise themselves. They are growing more distant from their parents, grandparents and other family members, as all around us the indestructible bond that once glued together the generations, unravels.

This violation has bred a new generation, Generation O let us call it, that has now picked up the torch from Generation X. The O stands for a generation that has everything on the outside - wealth, success, fancy clothing and fancy cars, but an aching emptiness on the inside. That cavity in our chests, that barrenness at our core, that void in our centre is the place where the heart once beat and which love once occupied.

And it's not just the kids who are suffering. It's the parents as well. For the more we cultivate little-adults in kids'-bodies, the more removed we ourselves become from our own child-like qualities, and there is so much about being a child that is worth retaining in adult life.

Love, ladies and gentlemen, is the human family's most precious legacy, its richest bequest, its golden inheritance. And it is a treasure that is handed down from one generation to another. Previous ages may not have had the wealth we enjoy. Their houses may have lacked electricity, and they squeezed their many kids into small homes without central heating. But those homes had no darkness, nor were they cold. They were lit bright with the glow of love and they were warmed snugly by the very heat of the human heart. Parents, undistracted by the lust for luxury and status, accorded their children primacy in their lives.

As you all know, our two countries broke from each other over what Thomas Jefferson referred to as "certain inalienable rights". And while we Americans and British might dispute the justice of his claims, what has never been in dispute is that children have certain inalienable rights, and the gradual erosion of those rights has led to scores of children worldwide being denied the joys and security of childhood.

I would therefore like to propose tonight that we install in every home a Children's Universal Bill of Rights, the tenets of which are:

1. The right to be loved without having to earn it

2. The right to be protected, without having to deserve it

3. The right to feel valuable, even if you came into the world with nothing

4. The right to be listened to without having to be interesting

5. The right to be read a bedtime story, without having to compete with the evening news

6. The right to an education without having to dodge bullets at schools

7. The right to be thought of as adorable - (even if you have a face that only a mother could love).


Friends, the foundation of all human knowledge, the beginning of human consciousness, must be that each and every one of us is an object of love. Before you know if you have red hair or brown, before you know if you are black or white, before you know of what religion you are a part, you have to know that you are loved.

About twelve years ago, when I was just about to start my Bad tour, a little boy came with his parents to visit me at home in California. He was dying of cancer and he told me how much he loved my music and me. His parents told me that he wasn't going to live, that any day he could just go, and I said to him: "Look, I am going to be coming to your town in Kansas to open my tour in three months. I want you to come to the show. I am going to give you this jacket that I wore in one of my videos." His eyes lit up and he said: "You are gonna GIVE it to me?" I said "Yeah, but you have to promise that you will wear it to the show." I was trying to make him hold on. I said: "When you come to the show I want to see you in this jacket and in this glove" and I gave him one of my rhinestone gloves - and I never usually give the rhinestone gloves away. And he was just in heaven.

But maybe he was too close to heaven, because when I came to his town, he had already died, and they had buried him in the glove and jacket. He was just 10 years old. God knows, I know, that he tried his best to hold on. But at least when he died, he knew that he was loved, not only by his parents, but even by me, a near stranger, I also loved him. And with all of that love he knew that he didn't come into this world alone, and he certainly didn't leave it alone.

If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can he dealt with. A professor may degrade you, but you will not feel degraded, a boss may crush you, but you will not be crushed, a corporate gladiator might vanquish you, but you will still triumph. How could any of them truly prevail in pulling you down? For you know that you are an object worthy of love. The rest is just packaging.

But if you don't have that memory of being loved, you are condemned to search the world for something to fill you up. But no matter how much money you make or how famous you become, you will still fell empty. What you are really searching for is unconditional love, unqualified acceptance. And that was the one thing that was denied to you at birth.

Friends, let me paint a picture for you. Here is a typical day in America - six youths under the age of 20 will commit suicide, 12 children under the age of 20 will die from firearms - remember this is a DAY, not a year - 399 kids will be arrested for drug abuse, 1,352 babies will be born to teen mothers. This is happening in one of the richest, most developed countries in the history of the world.

Yes, in my country there is an epidemic of violence that parallels no other industrialised nation. These are the ways young people in America express their hurt and their anger. But don't think that there is not the same pain and anguish among their counterparts in the United Kingdom. Studies in this country show that every single hour, three teenagers in the UK inflict harm upon themselves, often by cutting or burning their bodies or taking an overdose. This is how they have chosen to cope with the pain of neglect and emotional agony.

In Britain, as many as 20% of families will only sit down and have dinner together once a year. Once a year! And what about the time-honoured tradition of reading your kid a bedtime story? Research from the 1980s showed that children who are read to, had far greater literacy and significantly outperformed their peers at school. And yet, less than 33% of British children ages two to eight have a regular bedtime story read to them. You may not think much of that until you take into account that 75% of their parents DID have that bedtime story when they were that age.

Clearly, we do not have to ask ourselves where all of this pain, anger and violent behaviour comes from. It is self-evident that children are thundering against the neglect, quaking against the indifference and crying out just to be noticed. The various child protection agencies in the US say that millions of children are victims of maltreatment in the form of neglect, in the average year. Yes, neglect. In rich homes, privileged homes, wired to the hilt with every electronic gadget. Homes where parents come home, but they're not really home, because their heads are still at the office. And their kids? Well, their kids just make do with whatever emotional crumbs they get. And you don't get much from endless TV, computer games and videos.

These hard, cold numbers which for me, wrench the soul and shake the spirit, should indicate to you why I have devoted so much of my time and resources into making our new Heal the Kids initiative a colossal success.

Our goal is simple - to recreate the parent/child bond, renew its promise and light the way forward for all the beautiful children who are destined one day to walk this earth.

But since this is my first public lecture, and you have so warmly welcomed me into your hearts, I feel that I want to tell you more. We each have our own story, and in that sense statistics can become personal.

They say that parenting is like dancing. You take one step, your child takes another. I have discovered that getting parents to re-dedicate themselves to their children is only half the story. The other half is preparing the children to re-accept their parents.

When I was very young I remember that we had this crazy mutt of a dog named "Black Girl," a mix of wolf and retriever. Not only wasn't she much of a guard dog, she was such a scared and nervous thing that it is a wonder she did not pass out every time a truck rumbled by, or a thunderstorm swept through Indiana. My sister Janet and I gave that dog so much love, but we never really won back the sense of trust that had been stolen from her by her previous owner. We knew he used to beat her. We didn't know with what. But whatever it was, it was enough to suck the spirit right out of that dog.

A lot of kids today are hurt puppies who have weaned themselves off the need for love. They couldn't care less about their parents. Left to their own devices, they cherish their independence. They have moved on and have left their parents behind.

Then there are the far worse cases of children who harbour animosity and resentment toward their parents, so that any overture that their parents might undertake would be thrown forcefully back in their face.

Tonight, I don't want any of us to make this mistake. That's why I'm calling upon all the world's children - beginning with all of us here tonight - to forgive our parents, if we felt neglected. Forgive them and teach them how to love again.

You probably weren't surprised to hear that I did not have an idyllic childhood. The strain and tension that exists in my relationship with my own father is well documented. My father is a tough man and he pushed my brothers and me hard, from the earliest age, to be the best performers we could be.

He had great difficulty showing affection. He never really told me he loved me. And he never really complimented me either. If I did a great show, he would tell me it was a good show. And if I did an OK show, he told me it was a lousy show.

He seemed intent, above all else, on making us a commercial success. And at that he was more than adept. My father was a managerial genius and my brothers and I owe our professional success, in no small measure, to the forceful way that he pushed us. He trained me as a showman and under his guidance I couldn't miss a step.

But what I really wanted was a Dad. I wanted a father who showed me love. And my father never did that. He never said I love you while looking me straight in the eye, he never played a game with me. He never gave me a piggyback ride, he never threw a pillow at me, or a water balloon.

But I remember once when I was about four years old, there was a little carnival and he picked me up and put me on a pony. It was a tiny gesture, probably something he forgot five minutes later. But because of that moment I have this special place in my heart for him. Because that's how kids are, the little things mean so much to them and for me, that one moment meant everything. I only experienced it that one time, but it made me feel really good, about him and the world.

But now I am a father myself, and one day I was thinking about my own children, Prince and Paris and how I wanted them to think of me when they grow up. To be sure, I would like them to remember how I always wanted them with me wherever I went, how I always tried to put them before everything else. But there are also challenges in their lives. Because my kids are stalked by paparazzi, they can't always go to a park or a movie with me.

So what if they grow older and resent me, and how my choices impacted their youth? Why weren't we given an average childhood like all the other kids, they might ask? And at that moment I pray that my children will give me the benefit of the doubt. That they will say to themselves: "Our daddy did the best he could, given the unique circumstances that he faced. He may not have been perfect, but he was a warm and decent man, who tried to give us all the love in the world."

I hope that they will always focus on the positive things, on the sacrifices I willingly made for them, and not criticise the things they had to give up, or the errors I've made, and will certainly continue to make, in raising them. For we have all been someone's child, and we know that despite the very best of plans and efforts, mistakes will always occur. That's just being human.

And when I think about this, of how I hope that my children will not judge me unkindly, and will forgive my shortcomings, I am forced to think of my own father and despite my earlier denials, I am forced to admit that me must have loved me. He did love me, and I know that.

There were little things that showed it. When I was a kid I had a real sweet tooth - we all did. My favourite food was glazed doughnuts and my father knew that. So every few weeks I would come downstairs in the morning and there on the kitchen counter was a bag of glazed doughnuts - no note, no explanation - just the doughnuts. It was like Santa Claus.

Sometimes I would think about staying up late at night, so I could see him leave them there, but just like with Santa Claus, I didn't want to ruin the magic for fear that he would never do it again. My father had to leave them secretly at night, so as no one might catch him with his guard down. He was scared of human emotion, he didn't understand it or know how to deal with it. But he did know doughnuts.

And when I allow the floodgates to open up, there are other memories that come rushing back, memories of other tiny gestures, however imperfect, that showed that he did what he could. So tonight, rather than focusing on what my father didn't do, I want to focus on all the things he did do and on his own personal challenges. I want to stop judging him.

I have started reflecting on the fact that my father grew up in the South, in a very poor family. He came of age during the Depression and his own father, who struggled to feed his children, showed little affection towards his family and raised my father and his siblings with an iron fist. Who could have imagined what it was like to grow up a poor black man in the South, robbed of dignity, bereft of hope, struggling to become a man in a world that saw my father as subordinate. I was the first black artist to be played on MTV and I remember how big a deal it was even then. And that was in the 80s!

My father moved to Indiana and had a large family of his own, working long hours in the steel mills, work that kills the lungs and humbles the spirit, all to support his family. Is it any wonder that he found it difficult to expose his feelings? Is it any mystery that he hardened his heart, that he raised the emotional ramparts? And most of all, is it any wonder why he pushed his sons so hard to succeed as performers, so that they could be saved from what he knew to be a life of indignity and poverty?

I have begun to see that even my father's harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless. He pushed me because he loved me. Because he wanted no man ever to look down at his offspring.

And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing. In the place of anger, I have found absolution. And in the place of revenge I have found reconciliation. And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.

Almost a decade ago, I founded a charity called Heal the World. The title was something I felt inside me. Little did I know, as Shmuley later pointed out, that those two words form the cornerstone of Old Testament prophecy. Do I really believe that we can heal this world, that is riddled with war and genocide, even today? And do I really think that we can heal our children, the same children who can enter their schools with guns and hatred and shoot down their classmates, like they did at Columbine? Or children who can beat a defenceless toddler to death, like the tragic story of Jamie Bulger? Of course I do, or I wouldn't be here tonight.

But it all begins with forgiveness, because to heal the world, we first have to heal ourselves. And to heal the kids, we first have to heal the child within, each and every one of us. As an adult, and as a parent, I realise that I cannot be a whole human being, nor a parent capable of unconditional love, until I put to rest the ghosts of my own childhood.

And that's what I'm asking all of us to do tonight. Live up to the fifth of the Ten Commandments. Honour your parents by not judging them. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

That is why I want to forgive my father and to stop judging him. I want to forgive my father, because I want a father, and this is the only one that I've got. I want the weight of my past lifted from my shoulders and I want to be free to step into a new relationship with my father, for the rest of my life, unhindered by the goblins of the past.

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.

To all of you tonight who feel let down by your parents, I ask you to let down your disappointment. To all of you tonight who feel cheated by your fathers or mothers, I ask you not to cheat yourself further. And to all of you who wish to push your parents away, I ask you to extend you hand to them instead. I am asking you, I am asking myself, to give our parents the gift of unconditional love, so that they too may learn how to love from us, their children. So that love will finally be restored to a desolate and lonely world.

Shmuley once mentioned to me an ancient Biblical prophecy which says that a new world and a new time would come, when "the hearts of the parents would be restored through the hearts of their children". My friends, we are that world, we are those children.

Mahatma Gandhi said: "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Tonight, be strong. Beyond being strong, rise to the greatest challenge of all - to restore that broken covenant. We must all overcome whatever crippling effects our childhoods may have had on our lives and in the words of Jesse Jackson, forgive each other, redeem each other and move on.

This call for forgiveness may not result in Oprah moments the world over, with thousands of children making up with their parents, but it will at least be a start, and we'll all be so much happier as a result.

And so ladies and gentlemen, I conclude my remarks tonight with faith, joy and excitement.

From this day forward, may a new song be heard.

Let that new song be the sound of children laughing.

Let that new song be the sound of children playing.

Let that new song be the sound of children singing.

And let that new song be the sound of parents listening.

Together, let us create a symphony of hearts, marvelling at the miracle of our children and basking in the beauty of love.

Let us heal the world and blight its pain.

And may we all make beautiful music together.

God bless you, and I love you.
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 07:05:00 AM
Thanky you Sim for bringing that transcript here! :) it is always good to re-read and re-listen that again, there are so many interesting and powerful things said in the speech.

"Please do not forget who the driver is! ...:)

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 07:37:07 AM
MJonmind Thanks for sharing! I knew that MJ is a very active reader, but ingoraba "Dr. J", this is something that the press ignores because it "sells".
SimPattyK, the discourse of Oxford and had seen it and thought it was well prepared, but now I realize that "Dr. J" and had been prepared long before and is really impressive.

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Por ello, quisiera proponer esta noche de que instale en cada hogar de Bill de la Infancia Universal de los Derechos , los principios de las cuales son: 1. El derecho a ser amados sin tener que ganar 2. El derecho a ser protegidos, sin tener que merece 3. El derecho a sentirse valioso, incluso si usted ha venido al mundo sin nada 4. El derecho a ser escuchado sin tener que ser interesante 5. El derecho a ser leer un cuento antes de dormir, sin tener que competir con el noticiero de la noche 6. El derecho a la educación sin tener que esquivar las balas en las escuelas 7. El derecho a ser considerado como adorable -. (Incluso si usted tiene una cara que sólo una madre podría amar)


These rights go straight to my heart :'(

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 07:40:26 AM
Oh Michael and his favorite number: 7 rights!  :woohoo2:   :th_bravo:

         

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 09:09:28 AM
@marumjj: Right! 7 RightS !  :icon_e_wink:

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 09:10:14 AM
Michael, simply "WOW" somebody like you can't never die  :bearhug:  this world needs you!
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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 24, 2012, 12:30:12 PM
Thank you for sharing this article, MJonmind. These kind of articles of respect and acknowledgement should've been published more.
We can't see enough of these articles, they are great and Dr. J., you are great!  :icon_e_smile:
Besides of the fact that Michael is largely an autodidact and extremely well-read, he can also express his knowledge and filosophy in an impressive way, f.e. in his songs/lyrics, his performances, his speeches, a good example is the Oxford speech (thanks @Sim for posting!). 
The complete article is a worth-read, yet I highlighted this part, because it shows how much he is an inspiration and a source of awareness for so many people on so many levels. It is so great to read this: :icon_razz:


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When Michael died, there were a bazillion “tribute” articles that rehashed all the controversies of his life, and a genuine few that actually paid decent homage to his contributuons to music and his cultural legacy. But precious few that actually acknowledged him as someone worthy of academic respect. This piece by Jennifer Viegas was one of the brief but notable exceptions:

Pop star Michael Jackson, who died one year ago this week, not only changed music and pop culture, but he also impacted engineering, law, medicine, psychology and other academic fields, according to a Texas Tech University pop culture expert.

Rob Weiner, a pop-culture author and associate librarian in the Texas Tech Libraries, recently helped compile a bibliographic guide for a special issue of The Journal of Pan African Studies showing Jackson’s influence into the often dusty halls of academia.

The list of scholarly papers and peer-reviewed articles, culled from more than 100 databases, found the King of Pop referenced in psychology, medical, chemistry, mass communications and even engineering journals.

For instance, researchers used Jackson to critique the media’s handling of criminal cases. A 911 call made by Jackson prompted an article in Fire Engineering journal, while a British Medical Journal piece written after Jackson’s death discussed ethical issues that arise when a patient is more powerful than the attending physician. ( I am fairly certain that the 911 call she is referring to is actually a reference to the 911 call placed by Alberto Alvarez, not by Michael Jackson)-my note.

One chemistry professor argued that reframing popular songs such as “Billie Jean” could help students understand difficult chemistry concepts.

“I knew that Jackson permeated pop culture, but academics can be kind of snooty about what they choose to study,” Weiner said. “The fact that someone would take a Michael Jackson song and co-opt it as a means to convey chemistry concepts just shows the pervasiveness of Jackson’s influence
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Another positive article:
http://www.latimes.com/la-et-jackson-books27-2009jun27,0,831109.story

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: June 27, 2012, 04:10:37 PM
I didn't know where to post this video... I thought here would be a suitable place...
I've never seen this one... Does anyone have the link to a longer/complete version of this event?

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

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30/Jun/09: A brilliant conversation with two of America's most recognized critics on Michael Jackson's cultural and social impact both globally and specifically for Black people.

"Michael Jackson fundamentally altered the terms of the debate about African American music. He was a chocolate, cherubic-faced genius with an African American halo. He was a kid who was capable of embodying all of the high possibilities and the deep griefs that besieged the African American psyche... for America to miss that is to miss the fact that Michael Jackson argued against the very deep and profound bowels of White supremacy in the belly of American political culture...

The reality is Michael Jackson's humanity is so deep, the implications and inferences of his art so monumentally and magnificently global, that nothing American television could do to besmirch his character could ever, if you will, deny the legitimate genius that he represents"


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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: December 03, 2012, 04:20:58 AM
Just accidentally came upon this thread again. Thanks Sim for this inspiring video!  If only people really knew who this man they snicker about and shake their heads in pity, is.  I think at one point someone says the movie The curious case of Benjamin Button, was written with MJ in mind. Hmm... :affraid:

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: December 07, 2012, 05:37:45 PM
Thanks Sim and to you all ....is hard for me to translate, laborious and long   :Crash: but then  is really a joy !!!  :bearhug: :icon_e_smile:
LOVE YOU MORE

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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: December 08, 2012, 01:04:52 AM
Blankie, my hats off to all you dear members here who don't speak English well, who need to translate. Amazing! Much love and respect to you!
And Michael is so worth any extra effort we make!


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Re: it's actually Dr. (Michael) Jackson HLD.

  • on: December 08, 2012, 01:51:21 AM
wwooowwwww. It's Dr. Jackson!!!! That's great!!! How come no one ever said a word about that when he was still in his career??? Shame on the media.
Together we are strong

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

Thank you Michael for letting me discover the truth!

I lost the bet, Sarahli won it! ! ! loool


 

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