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Michael Jackson Avenue Causes Confusion in Detroit

King of Pop won't have a street named after him after all
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2018 5:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – It seems the late King of Pop won't get a street named after him in Motown, at least not at this point, the AP reports. The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that a ceremony planned for Friday for Michael Jackson Avenue has been cancelled. The newspaper says Jackson's siblings originally were under the impression that the Jackson 5 would be honored with the street name as part of Detroit Music Weekend. But the city prohibits ceremonial street designations for groups or organizations. Stephen Grady, Council President Brenda Jones' chief of staff, says the council still plans "to do something for the Jackson 5," but for now the street renaming has been tabled.

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Four of Jackson's brothers—Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon—still are scheduled to perform during the festival. The Gary, Indiana, brothers signed in 1968 with Detroit's Motown. Michael Jackson was 50 when he died in 2009 in Los Angeles from a prescription drug overdose.

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