Magic Johnson was born on August 14, 1959, in Lansing, Michigan, the United States, the middle of seven children. His father, Earvin Sr., was a General Motors assembly worker, and mother Christine, worked as a janitor and cafeteria worker at a local school while taking primary responsibility for rearing the children. His father also hauled trash at night to make extra money.
Both of his parents were interested in basketball and his father had played high school basketball in his home state of Mississippi. Young Earvin also developed an early interest in the sport.