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Detroit Ceremony To Unveil ‘Michael Jackson Avenue’ Scrapped

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DETROIT (CelebrityAccess) A ceremony scheduled for Friday in Detroit to honor Michael Jackson with a street name has been called off.

Michael Jackson Avenue was scheduled to be unveiled in the city’s theater district. The ceremony was announced last month to take place during Detroit Music Weekend festival, featuring the surviving Jacksons as a headliner Saturday, according to the Detroit Free-Press.

However, the rest of the Jackson 5 we apparently caught off guard to learn that the the avenue would not be representative of the entire family. Apparently, there is an amendment past last year by the Detroit City Council that prohibits street names to be named after organizations or groups. Michael Jackson Avenue was a “compromise,” according to Stephen Grady, chief of staff for council president Brenda Jones.

Marlon and Jackie Jackson were on hand at the May press conference and said at the time they hoped the street would be named for the whole family, according to the Free-Press.

Now the ceremony will be tabled until the city council can come up with a solution.

“We’re still working through the process,” Grady told the paper. “The amendment to the ordinance is fairly new, and we’re trying to understand what we can do. We still plan to do something for the Jackson 5.”

Michael Jackson Avenue would be positioned close to Aretha Franklin Way, according to the paper.

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