Michael Jackson is inducted into the National Museum of Dance’s C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame on August 15, 2010 in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is recognized for for his unique talent and many contributions to the Art of Dance.
Other C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame honorees include Fred Astaire, George Balanchine and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Marlon Jackson attends the event and shares some of his treasured experiences with his younger brother: “
[…] I am 17 months older than Michael. And I remember when we were little kids, we used to look out the bedroom window and talk about all the ‘hood and talk about what kid of car we would have when we get older.
But never once did we ever say that we’d (be) traveling the world and entertaining people.
It never crossed our mind, we never thought about it.”, recounts Jackson.
“But that’s what we did. God blessed us with a musical gift that we are definitely appreciative of.
And we thank you all for supporting us throughout the years.
One of the things that we always did when we’d travel the world is that we always visited children’s hospitals. And I remember one time… […] What we did was some of the brothers visited a certain hospital, and Michael and I, we went to this other hospital where there was a kid who had cancer, who wanted to meet is. And he was a young Caucasian kid, when we walked in, we saw him – his head was bald from the chemotherapy.
But his heart was filled with life. [breaks down crying] And it does something to your heart.
You can make someone happy through your music. And some get the joy because they want to meet you and spend time with you.
A couple of years [after], we went back and he was no longer with us.
But then we felt great and my brother felt great that God blessed us with something that we can bring to people and make them happy.
And to think the kid’s last wish to meet us, and to see the joy in his eyes, the joy in his heart filled our hearts with joy as well.
And as we got older, that didn’t change. Michael came up with the Heal The World Foundation, where they would purchase items for various charities and various youth centers. […]
And I remember one time we went to this center and they needed our refrigerator for the kids there, and they didn’t have the funds, so we purchased the refrigerator and gave it to them. And then, the staff and everybody lit up, because it was something that couldn’t afford, but it was so easy to do for us.
And then he created a place where kids can come and dream of.
And that’s Neverland Ranch. […]” Backstage, Marlon Jackson answers a few questions on the inductment, winning awards and their music.
“As I said back there, I’m 17 months older than Michael, we grew up as kids together and I – I miss him dearly, but, also, I know in my heart that he is with the Lord now.
And he would love to be here and to receive the award that they will be giving him tonight, but I’m here to accept it on his behalf, and his spirit is with us. […] You know, we’d appreciate the awards [we used to win as a group], but we never looked forward to, you know, ‘I want this award, I want that..”, it didn’t mean anything to us.
We’d just enjoy, we thought it more enjoyable traveling the Globe, making people happy. I mean, you’ll go to different countries where they didn’t speak English, but they knew your music.
And they sang your songs and they’d appreciate what you did for a living. So, that made us happy. […] We did music because we enjoyed doing it, not because we’d try to make something out of it, it was just something that we enjoyed doing, and never realized the effect we had on others. […]
And I appreciate that the people really appreciate our music and support us and we do not – as I stated – we do not take it for granted, we really appreciate it.”
“On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists” ~ Michael Jackson ~ Dancing the Dream, 1992
Michael Jackson became the 44th dancer to be inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame. On August 15th MJ was officially inducted and was the first dancer from pop and rock ‘n’ roll to have such an honor.
A group of MJ Fans were planning on going big for the King of Pop by raising money for an entire garden that would stand for his tribute. The garden would be permanent and the size would depend on the amount of money the group could raise.
Tickets for the hall of fame induction were running pretty steep and were costing around $300 each.
Museum officials have agreed to make space for a permanent garden to honor the late icon — after an MJ fan group informed employees that an influx of flowers would be headed their way on the day MJ will be enshrined.
So, instead of just letting the flowers die … the museum’s honchos — along with a local florist — decided to construct a permanent garden in MJ’s honor on the museum’s grounds.
There’s a tiny catch — the MJ fan group is gonna have to foot the bill for the garden — and the size of the garden will be determined by how much cash they raise.