Vicki Crawford, an associate professor of African American studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta and an expert in American studies and civil rights history, was decorated with “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur.” The Legon of Honor is France’s most prestigious award. This award recognizes her academic contributions as well as her efforts to spread the teachings and the philosophy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Crawford is also the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection at Morehouse College. Acquired by Morehouse College in 2006, the collection includes 13,000 of Dr. King’s books and personal items. Dr. Crawford also directs a series of collaborative books based on the works in the collection.
In presenting the award to Dr. Crawford, Vincent Hommeril, consul general at the French Residence in Atlanta, said that “at this moment in history, we face so many challenges in the United States, in France, and around the world. It is clear that the guidance and light provided by Dr. King can help us find the best way forward. It is for these reasons that your tireless efforts to broaden the reach of his message and the impact of his legacy through making his documents accessible to diverse audiences, both young and old, is to be applauded.”
Dr. Crawford is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in American studies from Emory Univerity in Atlanta.