Huntington, WV Black History

Michael Crawford


Michael Crawford – Mr. Mike – is a lifelong resident of Huntington.  After his high school graduation, he continued his education at Marshall University where he earned his Regents Bachelor of Arts in 2020 and continued his studies earning a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Liberty University.  He served in the US Army from 1990 -1994 and was honorably discharged having earned the rank of sergeant.

‘Mr. Mike’ is currently a music and video producer and the executive producer of “I Am Huntington.’  Established in 2015, this original and longstanding ‘Webisode Series’ was created to highlight the intrinsic value of the human capital that exists in Huntington and the surrounding area.

When Huntington, WV became fodder for ridicule and insults for its unfortunate association with the drug epidemic, and nicknamed the “Overdose Capital”, he set out to change the negativity associated with his city, highlighting the accomplishments and success stories of many Huntingtonians including Sandra Clements and Phil Carter.

He is associated with Appalshop, a non-profit organization in Whitesburg, KY, and has partnered with them to produce a 12-part series entitled “304 Simple Wayz to Promote Health & Wellness in Appalachia. Currently, nine episodes are completed and can be viewed on Crawford’s “I Am Huntington” Facebook page.

In 2021, ‘Mr. Mike’ was awarded a grant from the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History to produce a 6-part series, “Coping with COVID-19 Through Creativity”, which can also be viewed on the “I Am Huntington” Facebook Page.

Also in 2021, former City Councilwoman Sandra Clements called upon Mr. Mike to photograph prominent African American business owners for inclusion in the time capsule that was part of the City of Huntington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Eighteen (18) photos were included in the time capsule that was sealed, housed within City Hall and will be opened in 100 years – 2121.

He is also a former member of Create Huntington.


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