STATEMENT FROM DWAYNE ASHLEY REGARDING MICHAEL JACKSON’S SUPPORT OF HBCUS

Legendary Singer, Songwriter, Dancer Transcended Cultural Barriers and Helped raise millions for HBCUs through proceeds from his albums

New York, NY – June 26, 2009 – For most of the baby boomers and generation X,
Michael Jackson was the talented and charismatic entertainer who inspired many young African Americans to pursue careers that broke racial barriers. His artistry fulfilled the legacy of Thurgood Marshall’s commitment to equality through his international cross cultural success.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund celebrates Michael Jackson’s commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. His donations through proceeds from many of his albums to benefit the HBCUs and students enabled thousands of students to get an education.

His 1985 landmark collaboration of We Are the World to benefit the USA for Africa humanitarian outreach was groundbreaking, and set a new standard for cause-related fundraising.

For his inspiration to humanity, he should forever be remembered by today’s youth as simply the trailblazer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Jackson family, especially his parents, children, brothers and sisters

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization