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(December 14, 1929-March 20, 1996) Born Marwil Cooper Crawford in Detroit, Michigan; raised in small midwestern towns and in Detroit's Brewster Projects. Joined U.S. Army in 1946, serving in Germany and occupied Japan and during the Korean war as master sergeant. Beginning in 1953 worked as columnist for Texas edition of Kansas City Call. Attended Texas Southern University for a semester, then worked for Detroit edition of Pittsburgh Courier. Beginning in the mid-1950s reported for Jet and Ebony. Was kicked in the mouth and lost front teeth while covering integration of Central High School in Little Rock; later jailed and fined for allegedly biting his assailant in the foot. Also reported on crisis over Quemoy and Matsu and from Cuba. Did public relations work for musicians including B. B. King and Johnny Mathis, and for Chess records; wrote album liner notes and freelance articles for Look, Down Beat, and other magazines. Travelled in Europe (1960-61); founded magazine Tone, a literary supplement syndicated in African-American newspapers, in 1961. Established Marc Crawford Agency, a Detroit public relations firm which organized June 21, 1963, Detroit civil rights rally. Worked as staff reporter for Life (1963-65); reported on demonstrations in St. Augustine, the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and Watts. Won 1966 National Headliners Club award for Watts reporting. Established Transmundo, a newsphoto agency. From 1968 to 1971 lived in Mexico, at work on novel; edited and wrote for Mexico This Month and Gente. Reported from Guyana and Ireland for Encore as foreign affairs editor; published short fiction in Freedomways and Black World. Taught creative writing at Livingston College of Rutgers University (1972-79). Founded Time Capsule magazine in 1976; worked as United Nations correspondent for Pacifica radio. From 1981 until 1995 taught creative writing and prose composition at New York University; established popular jazz appreciation course and produced NYU jazz concerts. Contributed feature articles to Sepia, Amsterdam News, and Brooklyn Daily Challenge; was U.S. correspondent for Swing Journal and Jazz Podium. Co-author of The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History (1989, with William Loren Katz). Died in New York City.