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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rocky Mountains, Holland, Copenhagen, Spain
Favorite Quote:
Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. It Never Has, And It Never Will.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1952
Birth Location:
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rocky Mountains, Holland, Copenhagen, Spain
Favorite Quote:
Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. It Never Has, And It Never Will.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1952
Birth Location:
Tulsa
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Biography

Civic leader and educator Forrest Cleon Crawford was born on August 19, 1952 to Hazel and Dorris Crawford in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crawford attended and graduated from Weber State College with his B.A. degree in sociology in 1975. Afterwards, he earned his M.S.W. degree from the University of Utah in 1977.

Crawford was hired as a clinical counselor in psychological services at Weber State University, and in 1983, he began working as a career and vocational education instructor. Crawford earned his education specialist degree from Brigham Young University in 1985 and then his Ph.D. in education in 1990. He went on to establish the Utah Coalition for the Advancement of Minorities in Higher Education in order to promote quality education for people of color and the disadvantaged.

In 1991, Crawford co-founded and served five years as Governor Michael Leavitt’s appointed chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the official holiday celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Utah. Then, in 1992, he served as the first assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity. Crawford was one of eight recipients for the highest national honor given by the Federal King Commission and the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. He has presented at Skakuza, South Africa; Bordeaux, France and Canterbury, England and was also invited to address the Danish University College and Education. Crawford is on the board of directors of the Disability Law Center, the Human Rights Education Center of Utah and the Utah Humanities Council.

Crawford lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Crawford was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 14, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Forrest Crawford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford describes his mother's early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Forrest Crawford talks about the Native American tribes of Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Forrest Crawford talks about the black cowboys in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Forrest Crawford talks about his mother's college education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Forrest Crawford describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Forrest Crawford describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Forrest Crawford remembers his father's musical talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford describes his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford talks about his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Forrest Crawford describes his community in Sand Springs, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Forrest Crawford remembers his father's murder, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Forrest Crawford remembers his father's murder, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Forrest Crawford remembers his family's shotgun house
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Forrest Crawford describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford recalls his early awareness of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford talks about his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford remembers his paternal aunt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford recalls the integration of the Sand Springs Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Forrest Crawford describes his experiences at Booker T. Washington School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Forrest Crawford talks about his older siblings' education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Forrest Crawford recalls his experiences at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Forrest Crawford remembers his aspiration to play college football
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Forrest Crawford talks about Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Forrest Crawford recalls his decision to transfer to Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Forrest Crawford remembers moving to Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford talks about Reverend Robert Harris
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford recalls his studies at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford remembers the Graduate School of Social Work in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford describes his role at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Forrest Crawford talks about his experiences in Alaska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Forrest Crawford recalls his position at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Forrest Crawford remembers teaching sociology courses at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Forrest Crawford describes his career at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Forrest Crawford describes his diversity work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford recalls the ethnic diversity at Weber State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford describes the activist groups in Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford talks about diversity in Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford recalls his international travels
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Forrest Crawford describes his challenges at Weber State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Forrest Crawford describes the challenges facing Arab American students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Forrest Crawford reflects upon his educational philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Forrest Crawford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Forrest Crawford reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Forrest Crawford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Forrest Crawford reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Forrest Crawford describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Forrest Crawford narrates his photographs