George Clinton Elementary School Dedicates Music Room in His Honor
Ahead of a belated 80th birthday special, George Clinton gave his old school in Newark, New Jersey a present – a ton of musical equipment. In turn, Avon Elementary officially renamed its music room in honor of the funk legend.
The event took place on Thursday, March 17, with Clinton receiving a warm welcome full of confetti and enthusiastic cheers from students and teachers. At the George Clinton Music Room nomination ceremony, Clinton also played a bit, raging – what else? — The 1976 Parliament classic, “Give Up the Funk.”
“Godfather, you are an example that our scholars can change the world from here,” Principal Charity Haygood said. pic.twitter.com/EUHXwoLMNA
— Ryan P. Haygood (@RyanPHaygood) March 18, 2022
“You pay attention to the kids, they will always deliver,” Clinton said, via ABC 7. “You don’t have to be as old as you think. If you just let them do their rounds, and it makes you fresh again.
Avon Elementary Principal Charity Haygood added, “I have 3-year-olds here who bring the funk. And so, this party will go on forever. It’s generations and generations, so I’m incredibly grateful.
Avon Elementary was just the first stop for Clinton as he toured a hometown hero. Speak Asbury Park Press, he also traveled to nearby Plainfield, New Jersey, where five blocks of Plainfield Avenue were renamed “Parliament Funkadelic Way”. The ceremony itself took place just outside a youth center where the Silk Palace barbershop once stood – this is where Clinton formed his first band, the Parliaments.
Clinton will continue the celebration on Friday, March 18 with a special 80th birthday concert with Parliament-Funkadelic at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (the show was supposed to take place last year, when Clinton actually turned 80 in July 2021, but it was delayed due to Covid). The show will feature special guests Questlove, Vernon Reid and Nona Hendryx.