A ceremony is held outside their former home at 2300 Jackson Street., the Jackson 5 and The Supremes are the headliners performing a benefit concert, the first annual 'Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Concert' in Atlanta, Georgia, helping to raise the start-up funds for the "Martin Luther King Jr.
Speaking on behalf of himself and his brothers, Michael Jackson reveals, Le Baron Taylor, vise president and general manager of Divisional Affairs for CBS Records, distributor of Epic Efforts for whom the Jacksons record, and coordinator of the special event comments, "We are pleased that The Jacksons have scheduled this special performance for such a worthy cause [...]".
During the years of residing at Hayvenhurst mansion with his family, Michael Jackson accepts a large number of children’s requests to visit him there through foundations such as "Make A Wish", most of these visits not being publicized, sister La Toya Jackson confirms in her 1991 autobiography, as well as the singer himself.
"The Black Linkage For Adoptive Children" hosts a charity event during which the Jacksons’ costumes from their 1979 Destiny Tour were auditioned off to the highest bidder; Michael Jackson’s costume garnered 575,00 dollars, the highest price from an impersonator who performed in an outfit that night for a gig., The Jacksons give a special benefit concert for the "Atlanta Children’s Foundation" at the Omni Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia, and raise 100,000 dollars for the charity, subsequently to lengthy episodes of Black youth disappearances and murders in the mentioned city.
Robinette received a bone marrow transplant, and was one of the youngest to ever have the procedure.
She went through chemotherapy, radiation, an ever-changing plethora of medications and was kept in isolation for three months; her state of health was precarious, the doctors saying, after she was dismissed from the hospital, that she might live 10 years. She describes teenage Jackson as shy, but kind and sincere, signing an autographer for her, holding her hand and asking about her state.
Comedians Bill Cosby and Redd Foxx, and music artists Billy Ekstine, Mahalia Jackson, B. King, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5 entertain crowd of 12,000 spectators .
Louis himself is too ill to attend, although a vacant chair is left in front in his honor.11 years later, Leslie met Jackson again, while he was on tour in Knoxville with his brothers, where she received free tickets, then went backstage to meet the Jackson clan. Jackson then told his security detail that she was his guest, so she got to watch the third show from a raised VIP platform, seated right next to Jackson's mother, Katherine.