Huntington, WV Black History

Michael Crawford


Michael Crawford, also known as “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 degree in 2020. He then earned a master of arts degree in Strategic Communication from Liberty University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1990-94 and was honorably discharged after earning the rank of sergeant.

Crawford currently is 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 became fodder for ridicule and insults for its association with the drug epidemic, Crawford set out to change the negativity with his city. He highlighted the accomplishments and success stories of many Huntingtonians such as Sandra Clements and Phil Carter.

Crawford also is associated with Appalshop, a nonprofit organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and has partnered with the organization 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, Crawford was awarded a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to produce a six-part series entitled, “Coping with COVID-19 Through Creativity,” which also can be viewed on the “I Am Huntington” Facebook Page.

Also in 2021, former City Councilwoman Sandra Clements called upon Crawford to photograph prominent Black business owners for inclusion in the time capsule that was part of the City of Huntington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Eighteen photos were included in the time capsule that was sealed, housed within City Hall and will be opened in 2121.

Crawford also is a former board member of Create Huntington.


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