About the Foundation
The Birth Of The Michael F. Lange Foundation
Professionally, Michael Lange was an extraordinarily talented person. He was an educator, coach, mentor, counselor, actor, playwright, musician, lyricist, writer, television host, civil rights activist, and humanitarian. He was also an eloquent gentleman who lived with integrity, compassion, and commitment for making life better for all people. He made significant contributions during his lifetime to social change, social justice, and peace, and counseled someone who needed help until just days before losing his battle with cancer on May 20, 2015. He was 66 years old.
On the day of his passing, his mother, Jerri Lange, called family and friends to gather at her home in Michael’s honor and to help her send him to heaven on a beam of love sealed with a champagne toast. Around 40 people, along with the entire cast of “Lord, Why Can’t I do Right?” a play Michael was producing, all came to show their love and support for the Lange family. Everyone talked about Michael’s remarkable life as well as his extraordinary accomplishments. That evening it was decided that creating a foundation in his name would honor him by carrying his legacy forward to serve his local community Oakland, CA and the world which he considered his global community. The discussion turned into an idea, and the idea gave way to the birth of The Michael F. Lange Foundation five short months after his passing.
Under the leadership of one of Michael’s closest friends and Alpha Phi Alpha brother, Pettis Perry, mother Jerri Lange, cousin Anita Smith, friends Carmen Stone, Cheryl Perry League Doris Mangrum, Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers Peter Bostic, John Cooke, Darryl Ovid, and Fred Jackson, and Jeffrey Slough, Cherif Sidialicherif, as well as with the help of many other friends and family members, The Michael F. Lange Foundation received its 501c3 nonprofit public charity designation from the California Secretary of State and its Letter of Exemption from the IRS. The Foundation Launched its website on May 20, 2016, the anniversary of Michael’s passing.
Carmen Stone, Founding Member