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Michael Jackson Heals the Kids

Singer launches children's foundation

February 15, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Michael Jackson made an appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall on Valentine's Day to launch the Heal the Kids Foundation. Jackson is chairman of the organization, whose purpose is "promoting nurturing relationships between parents and children and fostering programs that help all children gain the love, attention and quality time they deserve." Jackson co-founded the organization with Heal the Kids' President Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

"[The organization] is trying to help adults and parents realize it's in our power to change the world our children live in," Jackson told the crowd at Carnegie Hall. The organization has plans to launch television advertisements with celebrities discussing the importance of family dinners. Heal the Kids will also start a book club to encourage parents to read to their children at night.

On March 6th, Jackson is scheduled to speak on "child welfare" and further explain the Foundation's goals at Oxford University's famed Oxford Union Society debating hall where everyone from Nobel Prize Winning author Toni Morrison to Ben Affleck to O.J. Simpson have spoken.

Jackson has two kids of his own with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, three-year-old Prince Michael Jr., and two-year-old Paris. In 1993, a twelve-year-old boy accused Jackson of sexually molesting him. The singer denied the accusations but settled out of court for an undisclosed sum said to be in excess of twenty-five million dollars.

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