On March 10, 1988, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) 44th Anniversary Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in NYC. During this event, Michael receives the Frederick D. Patterson award and an honorary doctorate from Fisk University.
Afterwards, he goes on with a special praise for the UNCF:
”I would like to say this about the United Negro College Fund. An education opens a person’s mind to the entire world, and there is nothing more important than to make sure everyone has the opportunity for an education. To want to learn, to have the capacity to learn and not to be able to is a tragedy. I am honored to be associated with an evening that says this will never happen. Thank you. I love you all.”