Larry F. Crowe was born in 1949 and was raised in Dayton, Ohio. He joined the Kemetic Institute in 1978, shortly after its inception. Chair of the Committee to Commemorate Martin R. Delany, and a member of the Research Committee of the Kemetic Institute, his published articles about African historians, Willis N. Huggins, John Edward Bruce and John G. Jackson have appeared in the Kemetic Voice and the ASCAC Midwest Region’s Newsletter. In 1998, K.I. published Baba Crowe’s Reflections on the Life of John Henrik Clarke, portions of which appeared in Source Magazine and on the ASCAC national website. He has lectured for the Teaching About Africa program of the Kemetic Institute, at the Temple of the African Community of Chicago, ASCAC’s Midwest Regional and National conferences, and numerous community venues in Chicago, and Ohio. His work on 19th and 20th century historiography feed his general study of African history and culture. Since 2002, he has traveled the United States, completing over 1,000 interviews for the HistoryMakers national African American video oral history project, including interviews with Dr. Jacob H. Carruthers and Dr Asa G. Hilliard, III.
After a three-decades in Chicago, where he worked for the Institute for Positive Education, Third World Press, Kuumba Theatre and the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, Crowe returned to Dayton in 2006. An artist and photographer, Crowe’s illustrations appear on or in over a dozen books. He continues as oral historian for the HistoryMakers archive and is involved the African community in Dayton. His educational agitation for Martin R. Delany was rewarded in 2006 with a new eight foot grave monument in nearby Wilberforce, Ohio. Larry Crowe served as president the Midwest Region of ASCAC from 2007 until 2012.