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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Gold
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
I Count Blessings.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1923
Birth Location:
Temple, Texas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Theologian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Gold
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
I Count Blessings.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1923
Birth Location:
Temple
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Biography

Theologian and academic administrator Evans Edgar Crawford, Jr. was born on July 2, 1923 in Temple, Texas, to Mary Enge and Evans Edgar Crawford, Sr. A Methodist preacher, his father travelled often due to his job with the Santa Fe Railroad. Following the death of his mother, a former teacher, when he was just three years old, Crawford was raised by his paternal grandmother, Rosie Crawford. Religion was extremely important in his family, and Crawford was called to the ministry at the age of eleven. In 1939, Crawford graduated from Dunbar High School, where his extracurricular activities were devoted to speech and oratory competitions. In 1943, Crawford received his B.S. degree from Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson College). He continued his education at the Boston University School of Divinity, earning his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 1946 and his Th.D. degree 1957. In 1949, Crawford married his wife Elizabeth.

Crawford spent his professional career at Howard University where he began in 1958 as a theology instructor and acting dean of the university chapel. For nearly fifty years, he served in a number of posts at Howard, including Dean of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Assistant Professor, Acting Associate Dean of the school of Divinity and Interim Vice President for University Advancement. He retired in 1991 as professor emeritus of social ethics but continues to teach courses on preaching and social ethics as an adjunct professor at the Howard University School of Divinity.

In 1996, Crawford served as president of the Academy of Homiletics, an international organization of instructors who teach preachers. He also served as president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, as a Danforth Associate and a member of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is the author of several books about the African American church, including The Hum: Call and Response in African American Preaching (1995).

Evans Crawford, Jr. was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Evans Crawford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Evans Crawford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Evans Crawford describes his mother, Mary Enge Crawford
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Evans Crawford remembers his father's story about a lynching in Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Evans Crawford describes his father, Evans Crawford, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Evans Crawford describes his paternal grandmother, Rosie Crawford
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Evans Crawford talks about his paternal family's connections to Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Evans Crawford recalls his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Evans Crawford talks about his maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Evans Crawford describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Evans Crawford describes his hometown of Temple, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Evans Crawford remembers holidays as a child in Temple, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Evans Crawford remembers celebrating Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Evans Crawford describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Evans Crawford remembers his teachers at Dunbar School in Temple, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Evans Crawford describes himself as a young student at Dunbar School in Temple, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Evans Crawford talks about his dreams and aspirations as a young man
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Evans Crawford recalls his activities and interests at Dunbar School in Temple, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Evans Crawford explains his decision to attend Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Evans Crawford talks about his experience at Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Evans Crawford explains how pursuing graduate studies in theology kept him from entering the U.S. military during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Evans Crawford recalls his transition from Texas to Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Evans Crawford remembers being amazed by the public library in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Evans Crawford describes Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1940s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Evans Crawford recalls his decision to pursue a Ph.D in theology at Boston University School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Evans Crawford talks about his decision to teach theology rather than minister a church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Evans Crawford talks about the political climate at Howard University in Washington, D.C. during the era of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Evans Crawford recalls interacting with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Evans Crawford remembers Howard University students advocating for changes to the school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Evans Crawford remembers Howard University students advocating for changes to the school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Evans Crawford remembers events and speakers hosted by Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Evans Crawford talks about the changes he witnessed during his tenure at in Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Evans Crawford remembers the debate over teaching black theology classes at Howard University School of Divinity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Evans Crawford remembers the debate over teaching black theology classes at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Evans Crawford talks about his interest in hermeneutics and its application to theology and sociology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Evans Crawford reflects upon the historical role of the black church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Evans Crawford reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Evans Crawford describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Evans Crawford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Evans Crawford narrates his photographs