Apollo to Induct Michael Jackson Into Hall of Fame
Apollo Theater Plans More Honors for JacksonBy Dave Itzkaff
Todd Heisler/The New York Times Fans pay tribute at a memorial for Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
The Apollo Theater, which after Michael Jackson‘s death became a de facto mourning place and gathering site for the singer’s fans,
will induct Mr. Jackson into its Apollo Legends Hall of Fame, the
theater said Tuesday in a news release. The Harlem nonprofit theater
said that Mr. Jackson’s posthumous induction would take place at a gala
next year. Mr. Jackson will also receive a spot on the Apollo’s Walk of
Fame, which is scheduled to be constructed in the fall, and in the
spring, he will be given a memorial plaque at the theater alongside
fellow inductees like James Brown and Ella Fitzgerald.
The Apollo also
said that its archives would take possession of a 100-foot long blue
plywood wall outside the theater that was used as a memorial by Mr.
Jackson’s fans after his death in June, and which was donated to the
theater by the owners of an adjacent property. Mr. Jackson began
performing at the Apollo in the late 1960s as a member of the Jackson
5, which won the theater’s amateur night competition.