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Forrest Crawford

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.

Accession Number

A2008.050

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/14/2008

Last Name

Crawford

Maker Category
Schools

Booker T. Washington School

Charles Page High School

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Weber State University

Brigham Young University

University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work

First Name

Forrest

Birth City, State, Country

Tulsa

HM ID

CRA03

Favorite Season

Fall, Spring

State

Oklahoma

Favorite Vacation Destination

Rocky Mountains, Holland, Copenhagen, Spain

Favorite Quote

Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. It Never Has, And It Never Will.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Utah

Interview Description
Birth Date

8/19/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Salt Lake City

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Popcorn, Seafood

Short Description

Civic leader and academic administrator Forrest Crawford (1952 - ) established the Utah Coalition for the Advancement of Minorities in Higher Education, and served for five years as chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission in Utah. He was also instrumental in establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official holiday in Utah.

Employment

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Weber State College

Weber State University

Favorite Color

Earth Tones

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613718">Tape: 1 Slating of Forrest Crawford's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613719">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford lists his favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613720">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford describes his mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613721">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford talks about his maternal grandparents</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613722">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford describes his mother's early education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613723">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford talks about the Native American tribes of Oklahoma</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613724">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford talks about the black cowboys in his family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613725">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford talks about his mother's college education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613726">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford describes his father's family background, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613727">Tape: 1 Forrest Crawford describes his father's family background, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613728">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford remembers his father's musical talent</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613729">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford talks about his father's career</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613730">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford describes his parents' marriage</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613731">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford talks about his parents' personalities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613732">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford describes his earliest childhood memory</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613733">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford describes his community in Sand Springs, Oklahoma</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613734">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford remembers his father's murder, pt. 1</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613735">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford remembers his father's murder, pt. 2</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613736">Tape: 2 Forrest Crawford remembers his family's shotgun house</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613737">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613738">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford recalls his early awareness of racial discrimination</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613739">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford talks about his early education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613740">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford remembers his paternal aunt</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613741">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford recalls the integration of the Sand Springs Public Schools</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613742">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford describes his experiences at Booker T. Washington School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613743">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford talks about his older siblings' education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613744">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford recalls his experiences at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613745">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford remembers his aspiration to play college football</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613746">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford talks about Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613747">Tape: 3 Forrest Crawford recalls his decision to transfer to Weber State College in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613748">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford remembers moving to Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613749">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford talks about Reverend Robert Harris</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613750">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford recalls his studies at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613751">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford remembers the Graduate School of Social Work in Salt Lake City, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613752">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford describes his role at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Alaska</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613753">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford talks about his experiences in Alaska</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613754">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford recalls his position at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613755">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford remembers teaching sociology courses at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613756">Tape: 4 Forrest Crawford describes his career at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613757">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford describes his diversity work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613758">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford recalls the ethnic diversity at Weber State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613759">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford describes the activist groups in Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613760">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford talks about diversity in Utah</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613761">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford recalls his international travels</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613762">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford describes his challenges at Weber State University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613763">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford describes the challenges facing Arab American students</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613764">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford reflects upon his educational philosophy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613765">Tape: 5 Forrest Crawford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613766">Tape: 6 Forrest Crawford reflects upon his life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613767">Tape: 6 Forrest Crawford reflects upon his legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613768">Tape: 6 Forrest Crawford reflects upon his family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613769">Tape: 6 Forrest Crawford describes how he would like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/613770">Tape: 6 Forrest Crawford narrates his photographs</a>

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Forrest Crawford talks about Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma
Forrest Crawford remembers moving to Ogden, Utah
Transcript
August of, of 1970 I went to, transferred to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college [Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College]. A little small agriculture town in Miami, Oklahoma, and incidentally they had, had actually had a couple of national junior college football championships under their belt at that time. So they, they, they, they recruited a lot in Texas, so more than half of our team were you, you know young guys from Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and so forth. As I mean and these was serious athletes you know, the, the, I mean Texas had such a large system you know. That and in fact, our junior college was kind of seen for lack a better word as a sort as a form as a temporary stop perform team for University of Oklahoma [Norman, Oklahoma]. So once you've established your talents very well as an athlete at NEO that oftentimes you were able to transfer to University of Oklahoma. For myself I knew that wasn't gonna be the case, I knew I wasn't going to University of, of Oklahoma. And if anything if I went to Oklahoma, potentially it might be for wrestling, but even then I wasn't that, I wasn't an exceptional wrestler. I was decent again, but you know Oklahoma was a wrestling school, you know, top notch, so I knew by the time I ended my freshman year at NEO that I knew that I didn't have top talent. And I mean and these guys that were coming from these different states were just three times the speed, three, I mean just exceptional athletes. You know but I knew I could play football and I, I, I was, I was a solid athlete. Junior college experience worked out very well for me, because that's really--not only was I able to kind of establish myself as a decent athlete and as a, and as a good teammate, but also my academic orientation started to kind of come a bit more into focus. Although I wasn't considered a serious academic athlete at that time that you know I begin to see how important academics was. And part of that was driven by you know if you're not taking care of your academics, you're not gonna play football. And so they were sort of connected and so really what inspired me to, to have more discipline in ac- academics is that, 'cause so I wanted to play football. That carried on through junior college and after I finished junior college, 1970, 1972--$Tell us about the experience on the bus, on the way to Ogden.$$Well as, as I was saying earlier that I, summer of 1972 took a Greyhound bus from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Ogden, Utah. Now knowing really sort of going into this Rocky Mountain abyss, not really sure what, what's gonna happen. But our final stop or, or the stop before arrived in Ogden was Salt Lake City [Utah], and as we were preparing to leave, an elderly African American gentleman [Robert Harris] got on the bus and asked could he sit next to me, and I said sure. And we met each other and, and he says, "Where you're headed?" I said, "Well I'm going to a place called Ogden, Utah." And he says, "Oh that's where I live." I'm going like, you've gotta be kidding me, Ogden, Utah? He said, "Yeah, I been there for many years," he said "I have a church there." And, and he proceeded to tell me that he had just returned from the Democratic National Convention [1972 Democratic National Convention, Miami, Florida]. I believe it was in Florida, I'm not sure. But I think it was in Florida. But he said he when involved, he was involved in some protest actions there and he had got beaten up and pushed around. And he might've, they might've even put him in jail for a while or whatever. And I wasn't sure if he was you know, you know pulling my leg or, or whether he was very sincere about the story that he was sharing with me, as we were proceeding in into Ogden. But it, in any event, he had talked a lot about his life, he said he had a church here as a local Pentecostal minister. But as we arrived in Ogden you know he had, he had invited me to his church and invited me to have dinner with his family once I you know settled in. And with the, the, the, you know we were having our three a day or two a day football training before the season started. And he said, "Well once you get settled in," he says, "give me a call and I'll come pick you up and we can have dinner and visit more." The, the short of that is for one it was amazing that I met an African American the first person that I met in U- that was a Utahan was a black man who owned a church. Who also by the way had a local grocery store, and, and, and, and so that relieved a lot of my anxiety about Ogden. Although it was clear that I was going into a very white community that was very different from the community that I had grown up in. That it was a relief to know that at least there was some blacks in, in, in Ogden.