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About Dr. Crawford...



Dr. Clinton Crawford is a professor at Medgar Evers College, of the City University of New York.  He is a specialist in language communication and the arts.  A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Crawford is the author of Recasting Ancient Egypt in the African Context: Toward A Model Curriculum Using Art and Language, 1996 (Africa World Press) and editor of Ebonics and Language Education of African Ancestry Students2001 (Sankofa World Publishers), and Instructions of John Henrik Clarke, (forthcoming). 

Dr. Crawford views  language and the arts as encompassing all communicative behaviors that helps the practitioner of language to construct and convey meaning that is culturally significant, shared, organized and dynamic. He is host and producer of the show, Sankofa Review on WNYE radio and Channel 22 television. A member of the Harlem Writers Guild, Dr. Crawford is also the director and founder/member of the John Henrik Clarke—C.L.R. James African World Research Institute with its Information Headquarters at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He teaches  Introduction to World Art, and History of African Art and Culture.  In addition, he taught the first course on  The Life and Works of John Henrik Clarke at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Selected Contribution to Books:

Crawford, C. (2004). The African Origin of Nubian/Egypt Rhetoric and it Application to Contemporary Classrooms. In Jackson, L., & Richardson, E. (Ed.), African American Rhetorics: Making the invisible Seen. Ill: Southern Illinois University Press.  
——. (2001). Content in Context: Why Is There a Furor Over Ebonics? In Crawford, C. (Ed.), Ebonics and Language Education of African Ancestry Students. New York: Sankofa World Publishers.  
——. (2001). Bibliographic Essay and Selected Bibliography. In Crawford, (Ed.), Ebonics and Language Education of African Ancestry Students. New York: Sankofa World Publishers.  
——. (2000). Origin and Development of the Ancient Egyptians. In Mitchell J. R. & Mitchell, H. B. (Ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in World Civilizations. (pp. 22-30) Guildford, Connecticut :Dushkin/McGraw-Hill.  
——.  (1996).  Evaluating Students: Writing in the Social Context. [Transcription of a  year long series of interviews.] In Debra Mutnick’s Writing in an Alien World: The Social Construction of Basic Writers and Their Teachers, 118-120, 128, 132. Boston: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook.

Selected Guest Lectures


Guest, Gayelle TV with Errol Fabien, Trinidad & Tobago, November 14, 2014


Presenter, Ghana: Land of Gold & Ethiopia: Land, Culture & People. African-American Heritage Association,

Bronx, NY, November 9, 2013.


Guest Lecturer, Another Look at Egypt, Emancipation Support Committee, Trinidad, November 5, 2009.


Guest Lecturer,  Architecture Through Space and Time, SUNY, New Paltz, March 25, 2009.


Guest Lecturer, Another Look at Egypt, SUNY, New Paltz, March 3, 2008.


Guest Lecturer, Another Look at Egypt Series, Long Island University, February 14, 2008.


Guest, LIB Radio (Living In Black), Conscious Rasta,  hosted by Keidi Obi Awadu,

Thursday mornings 9AM to 11AM (EST) until mid July 2006.

Guest Lecturer and Tour of Egyptian Gallery, Eternal Egypt. Brooklyn Museum of Art, January 5, 2002. 

Presenter, Ebonics: The Language of Our Children. NCTE, Baltimore, Maryland November 17, 2001.

Host and Moderator, Town Meeting: A Meeting of the Great African Minds. Medgar Evers College, CUNY, November 10, 2001.

Guest Lecturer, Ebonics and Language Education. Penn State University, September 27, 2001.

Guest Speaker with Yosef ben–Jochannan, A Reflection on Pan Africanism. Housing Preservation Development (HPD), New York, New York, August 3, 2001.

Host and Moderator, Second Annual Tribute: Imperatives of His Legacy: Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Medgar Evers College, CUNY, July 15 2001.  

Guest, Ebonics and Language Education: Book Review. Hosted by William Banks, Channel 25, Television WNYE, April 28, 2001.

Dialogue with Dr. Clinton Crawford, Mysteries of Egypt. Medgar Evers College, March 9, 2001.

Guest Speaker, Black History Month: African Diary. Housing Preservation Development (HPD) New York, New York, February 20, 2001.

Presenter, 50th Anniversary Harlem Writers Guild. John Henrik Clarke: Founder Member of the Harlem Writers Guild. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, November 18, 2000.

Guest Speaker, Renaming of 137th Street: John Henrik Clarke Place. National Action Network, Harlem, New York, November 11, 2000.

Presenter, Teach-in on Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Hunter College, CUNY, November 1, 2000.

Host and Moderator, Town Meeting: Great African Thinkers with Ivan Van Sertima and Lily Golden. Medgar Evers College, CUNY, May 13, 2000.

Host and Moderator, Lecture by visiting professor, Dr. Kimani Nehusi, University of East London, The African Naming System Throughout History: From Kemet to Contemporary Times. Medgar Evers College, CUNY, May 5, 2000.

Guest Lecturer, Divinity of the African Woman. Free Gift Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York, May 4, 2000.

Presenter, The African World in Perspective. CEMOTAP, Ozone Park Queens, New York, April 22, 2000.

Presenter, Tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, Eastern Region, April 14, 2000.

Presenter, Life and Works of John Henrik Clarke. Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry, Sitting at the Feet of the Masters Series, Harlem, New York, February 13, 2000.

Presenter, Wonders of the African World Documentary: A Response. CEMOTAP, Ozone Park Queens, New York, January 15, 2000.

Guest, Africa Today: Wonders of the African World Documentary. Hosted by Walter Turner, KPFA 94.1 FM, Pacifica Radio Berkeley, CA., December 2, 1999.

Presenter with Ovid Isaacs, Nubian/Egyptian Rhetoric and its Application to Contemporary Classrooms. Conference of College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-25, 1999.

Respondent to John Henrik Clarke’s documentary, Great and Mighty Walk. Narrated by Wesley Snipes. Medgar Evers College, CUNY, January 28, 1999.

Presenter, Recasting Ancient Egypt in the African Context…Awareness Bookstore, Brooklyn May 6, 1997.

Keynote Speaker, Why Is There a Furor Over Ebonics? National Association of Black Psychologist, New York Chapter, February 23, 1997.

Television Guest, In Our Words: Recasting Ancient Egypt in the African context: A Book Review Hosted by William Banks. WNYE Channel 25, December 14, 1996.

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