CHICAGO • Michael Jackson, if he were still alive, would never feel like a stranger in Detroit, given that a street has been named after him.
The city, which has a rich history of nurturing American musical talent, is renaming a portion of Randolph Street in the downtown theatre district as Michael Jackson Avenue. The tribute comes 50 years after his family group, known as Jackson 5, birthed their career with a successful recording contract audition in the Motor City.
"The Jacksons were among the first groups of black American performers to attain crossover status and went on to release hit after hit," a city spokesman said.
Jackson died in 2009 at age 50 from a fatal dose of drugs.
The street renaming will take place on June 15, coinciding with the Detroit Music Weekend outdoor festival slated to be headlined by his brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine.