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Jackson Fans Campaign to Have Name on School Uncovered

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In October of 1989, Michael Jackson attended a dedication ceremony at Gardner Street Elementary in Los Angeles to name the auditorium of the school where he was once a sixth grader in his honor. During the ceremony, his sixth grade teacher, Laura Gerson, lauded Jackson, remarking the honor came "as a token of our respect, and our love for you, not only as a performer, but as a fine human being."

But by 2003, Jackson's name had become more synonymous with tabloid fodder and his high profile legal troubles, particularly those involving children, and so the school decided to cover up his name on their auditorium.

Now fans are demanding the school uncover his name and re-honor the late King of Pop.

They've launched a campaign to rally for the "outpouring of concern" Gardner Principal Kenneth Urbina said would prompt such action.

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They've created a Facebook page, and are asking those who support the movement to download a letter they can sign and send to LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, as well as local district staff and Principal Urbina.

You can follow their campaign via Twitter to see if they are successful in their endeavor.