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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Actor
Folk Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Peace.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1940
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Actor
Folk Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Peace.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1940
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Actor and folk singer Josh Daniel White, Jr. was born on November 30, 1940, in New York City to Carol and Joshua Daniel White, Sr., the legendary singer, guitarist, actor and social leader. At the age of four, White found fame by performing with his father at New York’s Café Society, America’s first integrated nightclub.

White attended New York’s Professional Children’s School, along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Brandon De Wilde, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken and Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote White’s first solo recording for Decca Records in 1956, "See Saw." In 1949, White landed his first role on Broadway by playing his father’s son in, "How Long Til Summer?" White received a special Tony Award for Best Child Actor For his performance. While continuing his acting career, White went on to perform and record with his father for the next seventeen years.

In 1957, White landed a role in the Off-Broadway play, "Take a Giant Step," replacing his friend Louis Gossett, Jr. He went on to star in more than fifty American television dramas and co-starred with his father in Great Britain in, "The Josh White Show." In 1961, White decided to pursue a solo concert and recording career. From 1963 through the 1980s, White headlined more than 2,000 college concerts. At the peak of the folk boom, White was considered one of the National Association of Campus Activities’ most celebrated and honored performing artists. Co-starring with Odetta Gordon, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and Oscar Brand, White performed on the National PBS-TV Tribute Special to Woody Guthrie, "Woody & Me," and was named the Voice of the Peace Corps and the Voice of VISTA by the United States government in 1980.

In 1991, White teamed up with Rändi Douglas, the founder of Living History, to teach history and social studies with kinesthetic, multiple intelligence activities. White gives music lecture sessions on his father for grades five through twelve.

Josh Daniel White was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Josh White, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's work for blind musicians
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father and paternal grandfather's arrests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's singing career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Josh White, Jr. describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Josh White, Jr. talks about his father's rendition of 'Strange Fruit'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his and his father's genre of music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's injury
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's song, 'Southern Exposure'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. remembers the Cafe Society in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's involvement with the House Un-American Activities Committee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Josh White, Jr. talks about his father's song, 'House of the Rising Sun'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Josh White, Jr. recalls his community in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Josh White, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Josh White, Jr. describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Josh White, Jr. describes his father's education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. describes the sights and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. describes his family's relationship with the Roosevelts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his German shepherd dog
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. remembers the Professional Children's School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his early acting roles on Broadway and television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Josh White, Jr. describes his record single, 'See Saw'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Josh White, Jr. talks about his Broadway roles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his experiences at the Professional Children's School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his experiences in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. remembers working with African American theater actors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his teachers at the Professional Children's School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. recalls his first European tour with his father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. remembers recording 'Josh White at Town Hall'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. describes his sisters' singing careers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Josh White, Jr. remembers learning to play the guitar
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Josh White, Jr. recalls his first solo tour
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his role as singer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Josh White, Jr. talks about the political and social messages in music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Josh White, Jr. describes his musical audience
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. remembers recording 'Do You Close Your Eyes'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. describes his work with Bobby Scott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. talks about his marriage to Jackie Harris White
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. remembers recording music with his sisters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. describes his single, 'Good and Drunk and Goozey'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Josh White, Jr. describes his 'One Step Further' album tour
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Josh White, Jr. remembers his performances on college campuses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Josh White Jr. talks about his marriage to Sara White
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Josh White Jr. reflects upon his experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Josh White Jr. talks about his transition to educational music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Josh White Jr. remembers Tom Paxton and Odetta Gordon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Josh White Jr. reflects upon contemporary music
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Josh White Jr. talks about 'Josh: The Man and His Music'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Josh White Jr. describes his history education programs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Josh White, Jr. describes the StoryLiving educational program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Josh White, Jr. describes the StoryLiving educational program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Josh White, Jr. remembers September 11th, 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Josh White, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Josh White, Jr. shares a message to future generations