Oct 15 2010

Michael Jackson’s Name is Officially UNcovered on the Gardner St. Elementary School Auditorium! (UPDATED)

Category: Justice,PhotosSeven @ 10:52 pm


It’s been on the ‘Advocacy‘ tab here for months. I just posted an update yesterday that the ‘Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign’ had finally secured a place at the LAUSD School Board meeting on October 19th, where their arguments to have his name uncovered on the Gardner St. Elementary School Auditorium would be heard. The school’s principal and Asst. Supt., as well as the PTA was fully in support of the effort, and had let the campaign know. Things were looking good! But we had no idea how good! We learned just today that Michael’s name is already uncovered, even before the Committee meeting on the 19th!

Yes, after 7 long years, Michael’s name is finally uncovered on the Gardner St. Elementary School Auditorium. It is once again “Michael Jackson Auditorium“. How did this happen even before the October 19th LAUSD meeting with the ‘Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name‘ group? I’ll explain below but first, a picture that will surely make Michael smile in heaven:

Michael Jackson Auditorium

Michael Jackson Auditorium, UNCOVERED October 15, 2010 (Photo © Laura Uselton)

Here’s what happened (this was updated as I learned more about how events unfolded behind-the-scenes):

Jennifer Marino of the Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign had gotten word early Friday morning from Gardner St. school that Michael’s name had been uncovered. She notified Jackson family friend Jodi Gomes and was subsequently asked to keep it under wraps until Mrs. Jackson could formulate and make a statement. Somehow the information was leaked though, so the campaign decided to announce that it had been uncovered on Friday evening. Then, Taj Jackson also announced it on Twitter, and released Mrs. Jackson’s statement. Family friend Jodi Gomes, Taj and his grandma Katherine Jackson, came up with the statement to go along with the announcement.

Thanks to God the Great Creator, Jennifer and the Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign and all of MJ’s fan-mily who have worked so hard for months to make this happen! This campaign run by Michael’s fan-mily was both inspired and an inspiration. They were focused, dedicated, and were not distracted from their goal by petty issues. Their campaign is a fine example of what Michael’s fans can accomplish if they stick together and remain focused on a goal. They conducted this campaign very professionally and respectfully to all involved – knowing that they were representing Michael and his legacy. What an incredible effort. Michael must be so proud of of his fan-mily right now, wherever he is!

Thanks not least, to Mrs. Katherine Jackson who is very happy and proud about this as well, and who, along with grandson Taj and Ms. Gomes, did her part to help make this happen after being made aware of the campaign.  Here is the official statement from Taj Jackson and Katherine Jackson:

‎On behalf of my grandma, we are thrilled that the “Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign” has come to a happy conclusion. Here is a direct quote from my Grandma…

“After a number of heartfelt conversations between me, my grandson Taj, family friend Jodi Gomes, and LAUSD, I am overwhelmed that the school will proudly bear my son’s name on its auditorium once again. This could not have been done without the tireless dedication of my son’s fans and specifically the wonderful members of the “Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign. I look forward to my joint statement with the school in the coming days and thank you from my heart. Michael would be proud”.   – Mrs. Katherine Jackson

Taj tweeted this evening:

Once HelpUncoverMJXx (Uncover Michael Jackson’s Name Campaign) brought it to my attention, I contacted Jodi Gomes and my Grandma. Jodi Gomes and I have been working with my Grandma behind the scenes. We got the confirmation this morning.

So there you have it. Victory!  Even the LATimes has covered the story.  Journalist Charles Thompson had written (and has now published) an incredible statement for the cause, which was to be read at the LAUSD meeting on October 19th.

A more formal joint statement/ceremony is being planned with Mrs. Jackson and LAUSD officials. Meanwhile, here is the press release from the LAUSD today:

LAUSD Announcement 10-15-2010

LAUSD Announcement 10-15-2010

We love you Michael Jackson and we hope you are smiling in Heaven, sweetheart!

UPDATE October 16, 2010

Michael Jackson's Name Uncovered  (Photo © Betty Byrnes)

Michael Jackson's Name Uncovered (Photo © Betty Byrnes)

Today, Oct. 16th, I just had to see this sweet sight with my own eyes, so I went to the school today and simply could not stop smiling. It was over cast but for me those letters were bright as the sun. What a beautiful sight!!

While taking my pictures an open air Star Tour bus stopped and the driver told the tourists, “Here you see the “Michael Jackson Auditorium. This was dedicated to Michael Jackson and there was a big event that day and Michael was present. His name was covered years ago and now thanks to fans who campaigned to have his name uncovered Michael Jackson’s name was uncovered this week.” Then the driver asked me if I was a fan and I said “YES! JUSTICE FOR MJ! VICTORY!” Moments later a van filled with 20 something guys drove by and I heard them exclaim “Look it’s there!!! MICHAEL JACKSON’s Auditorium!!” “Wow!” “COOL!” “They did it!” Neighbors walking by smiled and nodded at me as I took my pictures.

Thank God for answered prayers. This may be a small step toward the justice that Michael Jackson so deserves but this small event is so huge to us fighting and praying for Justice for MJ. We are encouraged and I pray it especially encourages and blesses Michael’s family.

-Betty Byrnes

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53 Responses to “Michael Jackson’s Name is Officially UNcovered on the Gardner St. Elementary School Auditorium! (UPDATED)”

  1. Continued Injustice Against Michael – A Way to Take Action – SUCCESS! | MJJ-777 says:

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  2. Barbara Straughn says:

    I am so thrilled – as are all true fans; no I am hugging myself inside at the first victory Michael’s Soldiers have achieved – and what a magnificent achievement this is – monumental in fact and shared around the world for all to see and for the encouragement of others.
    I always say to all my friends and MJ family – miracles happen where Michael is – they may not always bring the solution you pray for, but there is a greater good that we may not always be aware of, that only comes with time; a little like when Michael made speeches – years and years ago about love and peace and children and we all cringed a little inside because we could ‘hear’ the world shouting weirdo and freak – and we didn’t know how to support him through a tv screen and we didn’t know that he was showing us the way – even then.
    I am so proud to be a Michael Jackson fan – I wear my t-shirts and my military jackets with pride.
    Thank you for sharing this Seven, but I do have one question – a few months ago Charles Thompson was the personification of evil – now you are quoting him again – I supported him all the way through and then stood back as he didn’t respond to my emails – are you now sharing his latest writings because he has been wrongly accused? and what of Bonnie Cox who was the main accuser I believe?? Any response would be much appreciated by confused.com (me) L.O.V.E XX

  3. Julia says:

    This is a beautiful picture it brought tears to my eyes to see Michael’s name once again displayed as it should be. I am so proud of all of those involved in making this possible Michael was so proud the day he received this honor and I am sure he is very proud now….so thank you to everyone who helped make this happen….It’s all for Love..It’s all for Michael!!!

  4. Ellen says:

    This is a glorious, magnificent event to see our beautiful angel’s name again shining as it should!! We are on the road to sweet revenge, I can feel it in my bones. Too much evil and hateful lies have been left to fester, but the time has come for justice. Only those with love in their hearts know the wonder and beauty that was Michael. He demonstrated love, kindness, selflessness and much, much more every day of his short life. He tried to show the world how to live and never stopped loving and giving to all of us. There will never, ever be another human being with the grace and love of our Michael. This is just the beginning. We love you and miss you Michael, but you are forever in our hearts.

  5. June says:

    Seven, thanks for the response. In thinking back to that “Teva Pharmaceutical” matter, I recall it was so labeled as the “Michael Jackson Drug” by the Orange County Register, in Orange County, California, right next to Los Angeles from which Murray’s jury pool will come.

    So today I wrote to the Register basically asking why they did not cover the Gardner issue and calling them out (again) on their yellow journalism relating to the “Teva” issue, while giving no coverage whatsoever to the Gardner School matter.

    The email address is [email protected].

    This strikes me as such an egregious double standard that I felt a callout was necessary; however if you feel this is propogating a “negative” please feel free not to post this comment.

  6. Seven says:


    There has been no other major media coverage that I know of. This is called a “media blackout” and they do it all the time on many issues, particularly when there is good or positive news about Michael Jackson – they’re not interested and refuse to air or publicize it. However as you noted, the negative stuff gets major play.

    Nice eh?

  7. June says:

    Seven, aside from the link you posted to the LA Times article, have you been able to find any major media coverage of the Gardner School issue? I haven’t been able to find anything aside from TMZ! No CNN, no MSNBC, no ABC, no CBS, no NYTimes. I am not naive but I wonder how can this be THE catalyst for like acts of vindication if the news is not widely spread via the media? Perhaps I should be surprised that even the LA Times covered it.

    Remember those articles about TEVA Pharmaceuticals and propofol (“the” Michael Jackson drug) and the Detroit Michael Jackson impersonator who just happened to be a moonlighting bus driving molester? Michael’s name was attached to these issues when he had nothing whatsoever to do with them.

    Here, regarding Gardner, we have an honest to goodness effort by a grassroots movement to right a terrible injustice and there is little to no media coverage! Mindboggling.

  8. Aya says:

    I’m so happy to see the picture.
    I will keep joining any kind of campaigns to win back his dignity.
    Seven and U.S.fans are just FABULOUS.
    I can send an email for campaign but fans who lives in other countries need to rely on U.S.fans for the direct action.
    Thank you so much. You are the best.

  9. Rosario says:

    I just read this today. I could cry in joy! God blessed Michael with the greatest fans one could ever hope for. The fans are not only Michael’s fan-mily, but also Army of Love. Congratulations esp. to those who worked so tirelessly to achieve this. Love you Fans, and Love you Michael!

  10. Mary says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe now the world will see who the real criminals are. The tabloids and their quest to destroy Michael to satisfy their evil love of money.

  11. Catherine says:

    This has brought tears of joy to my eyes. I am so thankful and greatful to all who have worked hard to make this happen. His name shining bright again is a beautiful sight. Thank you all for fighting for Michael and thank you Michael for all the love you brought to this world – it is beautiful to see.

  12. Heidi says:

    YESSSS!!!!! We’re sending out a major L.O.V.E., and this is our message to you: The planets are lining up, bringing BRIGHTER DAYS, they’re all in line, you know it’s true. We’re just another part of YOU!!! Congratulations Angel!!!!

  13. smart032000 says:

    I am speechless and overjoyed. Just looking at his name brings tears of joy. All I can say is PRAISE THE LORD! “VENGENCE IS MINE,” SAITH THE LORD. All of those people who deliberatly set out to hurt MJ, woe unto you. Pay back is a monster. Michael belonged to God. He gave him strength to endure the hatred of this world, and MJ did it well, but he did suffer tremendously. Now, vendication and restsoraation to his name and honor has begun. Oh happy day!!!!

  14. Joyce says:

    Hi again, Just added my comment to the LA Times article. There are some great comments already posted. Check it out if you haven’t already. Unfortunately as usual there are also the few hate filled comments which can be easily ignored!! It just disgusts me that these people who supposedly hate everything about Michael Jackson just can’t seem to stop looking at everything there is out there pertaining to Michael just so they can leave their nasty hateful comments. They must have very empty, sad lives if that is all they can do!
    Here is one final thought from Michael’s lyrics to “Another Part of Me”:
    We’re taking over
    We have the Truth
    This is our Mission
    To see it through…
    We’re sending out a major LOVE!!

  15. smitm says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time about Michael!
    He would be so proud and happy and so am I. Thank you Seven for all your hard work on this and thanks to all the wonderful MJfam who also wrote letters and made phone calls. This gives me hope that we can still make a change for the better in the name of Michael’s Legacy! It’s like he is leading and guiding each one of his fans towards this purpose!


  16. rumbapassion says:

    To all responsible for this wonderful outcome, you all achieved it with love. Thank you for making Michael smile right now… I just hope this is the start of even more injustices put right regarding Michael Jackson. Just goes to show with love and Michael’s example the fans and all those who see all the wrongs can make something right. Keep the Faith, because with faith mountains can be moved. All for love… and MJ’s memory is here to stay!

  17. AnnieForMJ says:

    Thank you, Seven, for one more great article of yours.

    They should put neon flash lights around Michael’s name!! 🙂

  18. Jackie says:

    I Am so excited so happy so proud!!! I Have Butterflies on my stomach!!!
    Millions Of Thank You won’t be enough to express how grateful I am for all the wonderful and the amazing
    job The Uncover Michael Jackson Name Campaign Have Done!!!
    Just Like Michael Said And Even One Fan Wrote It On The Uncover Michael Jackson Name’s Facebook Page
    “There’s Nothing That Can’t Be Done If We Raise Our Voice As One” -Michael Jackson
    And Here We See It!!!
    I Am So Happy!!!
    I am Sure Michael Is Smiling Right Now In Heaven,Laughing,Full Of Love And Joy,Dancing And Singing,Spearding His Magic All Around The heaven!
    If We Did That,Nothing Can Stop Us Anymore! This Give Me Even More Power And Faith That With A Lot Of LOVE, A Lot Of Will,Loyalty And Faith We Are Unbreakable!

  19. Inga says:

    This is a wonderful news. It is the proof, if we are united, we are able to change things like this.
    I’ve only signed petition, but thank you to everybody which have worked on it so untiringly.
    I am glad thus for Michaels children and famlily. Do you feel him smile?
    God bless You all.
    With L.O.V.E from germany

  20. Susan T says:

    Oh, HAPPY DAY!

    The first marathon of truth is won by compassionate, dedicated hearts. This just fills my heart with gladness and demonstrates the power for positive change we hold in our hands. One by one, we shall overcome and reveal the truth.

    Michael, you aren’t here physically, but I know that you are dancing with joy!

    Oh, the power of L.O.V.E!

    God bless everyone!

    L.O.V.E. you all!

  21. Agnes says:

    FINALLY. It should have happened while Michael was alive. But now he is smiling in heaven….

  22. Joyce says:

    Love June’s idea about posting positive comments to the LA Times article. I definitely will do so. I know this line from “We’ve Had Enough” has been quoted here often but “There is nothing that can’t be done when we raise our voice as one!”
    We can definitely drown out any of the hateful negative comments.

    Ali, I also love “Morning Glow”, perfect song for this morning!
    Winds of change are certainly starting to blow!!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

  23. Danae says:

    Lisa? I’m impressed! That was a great letter, thank you for taking the time to write that 🙂
    A great day indeed! Michael would be proud, thank you to everyone that got involved!!! I’m dilighted!lighted <3