Elton John Organizes Charity For Knuckles

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Sir Elton John has now set up a new charity in loving memory of the late music producer, Frankie Knuckles.

‘Godfather of House’, died in March 2014, at the age of 59, and the ‘Rocket Man’ star has now launched a new project to honor his memory.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation has started the Frankie Knuckles Fund to raise awareness of HIV, support testing and treatment among black communities in Africa, America and the U.K.

His statement reads, “Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”

Elton John Aids Foundation Executive Director Scott Campbell said, “Through the creation of this Fund, Frankie Knuckles’ music industry legacy will be transformed into a movement for health and empowerment in the black community.”

“In the United States, black Americans represent only 13% of the population, but account for 46% of people living with HIV. Frankie’s name and image can help us reach into black communities with urgently needed information and services.”

In 2004, the city of Chicago, which became infamous in the dance community around the world for passing the so-called ‘anti-rave ordinance’ in 2000.This made property owners, name part of a street in Chicago after Knuckles.

That stretch of street, called Frankie Knuckles Way, was renamed when the city declared August 25, 2004 to be the Frankie Knuckles Day.

The Illinois state senator who helped make it happen was now-President Barack Obama.
In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his work.

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