Michael Jackson: Worldwide Philanthropist
Words of wisdom from the Man in the Mirror himself @ this time 6 years ago…
| Speech Michael Jackson Capitol Hill
March 29th, 2004
Michael: "It is a pleasure for me to be here today to see some of you
again, whom I’ve known for a long time, and to meet those of you whom I
have not had the pleasure of meeting. I respect what you have done, and are continuing to do, to raise the conscious level for those who have no voice.
You all wield great power, and have used it to help so many people as
well as causes. I appreciate the time you’ve taken from your busy
schedules to meet with me today. I thought it was appropriate to spend
a few minutes with you; those who have shared priorities on improving
the lives of people both here in America and abroad. I encourage you to continue working on issues such as AIDS, healthcare, education and unemployment.
I am in town this week because I am being honored by the African
Ambassadors’ Spouses Association. While I am humbled by this honor, it
is more important to me to help to raise awareness of what is going on
in our sister continent… Africa; and to work with the Spouses
Association to help them rid their countries of some of these problems.
For many years, I have traveled to Africa, and have made financial
contributions to try to help ameliorate some of the conditions there.
However, there are still 9,000 people a day dying of AIDS; there are
still children who are overflowing the orphanages; there are so few
schools that some children are not being educated; many are starving
and dying of diseases that we just take aspirin for; many of life’s
pleasures that we take advantage of… running water, electricity,
paved roads, working toilets, beds and food… are dreams for the
majority of our African family. I know that many of you have, and will,
continue to raise awareness, and will continue to fight for funding for
Africa. But, what I want you to know is that whatever I can do to
assist you in your fight, I will do so."
|| Speech Michael Jackson AASA Gala
April 1st, 2004
Statement from Michael at the African Ambasadors’ spouses
association’s gala, honoring him for his world-wide philanthropic work,
particular in Africa.
Michael: "To His Excellency Olhaye Oudine
In his lifetime, Michael Jackson gave $300-$500 Million to charities around the world and has supported more charities than any other celebrity (39) at last count. In his will, he also left 20% of his estate earnings to charities.