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A. Bruce Crawley

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Chief Executive
Public Relations Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sushi, Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Chief Executive
Public Relations Manager

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Sushi, Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/24/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

A. Bruce Crawley, one of six children, was born on March 24, 1946, in Philadelphia to Edith Marie Jenkins and Joseph McHerrin.

Mostly educated in Catholic schools, Crawley graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1963 and St. Joseph’s University in 1967. He studied marketing and management and has succeeded admirably in those fields. His first job after earning his bachelor’s degree was at First Pennsylvania Bank. Crawley was promoted to posts as director of branch marketing, vice president and advertising director before becoming senior vice president and director of public and investor relations. Crawley won the Bank Marketing Association’s Penny Award for outstanding public relations programs and annual reports. He also testified before the U.S. Senate Small Business Subcommittee and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.

Crawley earned a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University in 1983. He left First Pennsylvania Bank in 1989 to found the public relations firm Crawley, Haskins & Rodgers, where he serves as president and CEO. Crawley also founded the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia.

Crawley has served as chairman of the Philadelphia Urban League and the Public Relations Society of America’s National Multicultural Affairs Committee, and as public relations chairman for the Pennsylvania State Caucus of Black Legislators. Other civic commitments include membership on the board of Independence Blue Cross, the National Urban League and Claridge Casino Hotel. Crawley has been politically active as well, serving as campaign manager and consultant for numerous elected officials.

Crawley has one adult child, Christopher Bruce Crawley, and has been married to Pamela Browner-Crawley since 2000.

Crawley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 9, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - A. Bruce Crawley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his absent father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his son
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - A. Bruce Crawley describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - A. Bruce Crawley describes attending school at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - A. Bruce Crawley remembers learning to read
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about attending St. Joseph's Preparatory School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his childhood friend Louis Tyler Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his school activities and jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - A. Bruce Crawley describes attending St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - A. Bruce Crawley recalls working at First Pennsylvania Bank
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about maintaining his independence in corporate banking
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about martial arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his mentor Daud
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - A. Bruce Crawley recalls learning about African American heritage from Daud
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about the importance of teaching African American history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his first wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - A. Bruce Crawley describes the decision to start his own business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about starting his business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about starting the African American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his work to help minorities get development contracts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his efforts to help create the United Bank of Philadelphia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his communications plan for the United Bank of Philadelphia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his firm's involvement in John Street's campaigns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - A. Bruce Crawley shares his views on the importance of political involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about the national network of black advertising agencies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his firm's shift to government contracts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - A. Bruce Crawley describes how large agencies take over African American advertising agencies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about racism in the advertising business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - A. Bruce Crawley describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - A. Bruce Crawley reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about the starting the Leadership Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - A. Bruce Crawley talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - A. Bruce Crawley describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - A. Bruce Crawley narrates his photographs