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DATE: March 21, 2003

Josh White Jr. to sing at Child Development Center celebration

DEARBORN---April is the Month of the Young Child and a time to focus attention on early childhood issues and the needs of young children, according to Deborah Jones, education coordinator in the Child Development Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Josh White Jr.

The center will kick off a month of activities by hosting a free performance by renowned musician and children's performer Josh White Jr. from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 in the School of Management auditorium.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments and viewing of vendor tables.

The presentation is funded by the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Initiative, which is administered by the Provost's Office.

White's career in show business spans nearly six decades, beginning in 1944 when he started performing with his father, blues recording legend Josh White. His most recent album, "House of the Rising Son," is a tribute to his father. The music pays homage to his father's career as a blues, social protest and spiritual recording artist during the years 1932 to 1944.

White has recorded albums for a dozen labels, written songs for Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte, headlined more than 2,000 college concerts, starred and guest starred in TV concert specials and dramas and earned a Tony Award for his performance in "How Long Till Summer."

In addition to White's performance, the Child Development Center will focus on a different early childhood issue each week during April. The week of April 1 will celebrate community partnerships; April 6 will promote healthy children and families; April 13 will recognize early childhood professionals; and April 20 will advocate on behalf of children and families.

"We have planned activities for each of these focus weeks," Jones said. "The parents with their child are making paper 'quilt' squares. On each square we are asking children to draw their favorite person or activity to do at the CDC. The parent will then write the description on the square. The squares will be put together to resemble a quilt.

"We are also having the children decorate paper dolls. The front of each doll will have information on child abuse and children in poverty in Michigan. The dolls will be put up around campus," she said.

"Also, the families will receive a CDC picture magnet that will have their child with their teacher on the inside," Jones said. "It will include the CDC name and phone number."

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