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Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw Michigan on May 13 1950 He was originally named Steveland Morris He was the third boy in a family that would eventually include five boys and one girl Of all his brothers and sister Stevie was the only child born with a disability He was born prematurely and this led to his blindness In 1954 his family moved to Detroit Later Stevie was enrolled in special classes for the blind in the Detroit public school system In his special class he was taught many things that would help him lead as normal a life as possible He learned to speak more clearly and use his sense of hearing in place of his eyes He also learned how to use his sense of touch When Stevie was little he wanted to have a real instrument but his mother did not have enough money to purchase one for him The Detroit Lions Club always held a Christmas party for blind children During Stevies first-grade year at school he attended one of the parties Each child received a gift but Stevies gift was very special Someone must have told the Detroit Lions Club that Stevie wanted a real instrument because his gift was a set of drums One time when his mother went to get a haircut the barber gave Stevie a harmonica When Stevie was seven he got a piano when his neighbor was moving out She did not want to take the piano with her so she gave it to Stevie His mother a member of the Detroits Whitestone Baptist Church encouraged Stevie to join the Junior Choir He had a good voice so it wasnt long before he was singing lead parts in the choirs presentations By the time he was nine or ten he had been appointed a Junior Deacon in the church Stevie loved to sit on peoples front porches and play music The people as well
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