The Michael F. Lange Foundation

The Michael F. Lange Foundation Promoting Global Social Change, Social Justice, & Peace

Mission Statement To support and promote global social change, social justice, and peace. Purpose Statement To generate financial and other forms of support for individuals and organizations globally who are meeting the expressed purposes of the foundation as defined by The Michael F. Lange Foundation mission statement, and articulated in its vision statement, projected initiatives, and framed by its goals as established by the Board of Directors. When deemed necessary by the Board of Directors The Michael F. Lange Foundation will offer direct programs and services to selected constituent groups. Vision Statements Social Change Social change means the improvement of the quality of life for all persons by challenging systemic and cultural barriers through the process of self-examination, lifelong learning, awareness of humanity, and constructive listening. Social Justice Social Justice means valuing diversity and challenging injustices, and promotes equal economic opportunities and political and social rights for all. Peace Peace means having love, compassion, and empathy for all persons, and promotes integrity and acceptance, and safe havens for truth telling, tolerance, cooperation, and collaboration.

Mission: To support and promote global social change, social justice, and peace.

Creating Trauma Informed Communities
03/31/2020
Creating Trauma Informed Communities

Creating Trauma Informed Communities

There is conflicting information about whether to wear masks during the pandemic. Here is some additional information to assist you with making a more informed decision.

Creating Trauma Informed Communities
03/31/2020

Creating Trauma Informed Communities

In a time of pandemic crisis the type of leader most needed is what is called in the research a "servant leader." Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) coined the term "servant leader" in his 1970 essay The Servant as Leader. Since that time leadership experts have noted that servant leadership is the most idealized and healthy form of leader style because it serves the best interests of the whole. (By serving others we are ourselves served by those around us.)

According to Larry Spears (1996), Executive Director of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership) there are 10 characteristics of the servant-leader:

Listening
Empathy
Healing
Awareness
Persuasion
Conceptualization
Foresight
Stewardship
Commitment to the growth of people
Building community

Just think about how different you would be feeling if we had such a person leading our nation today.

I see servant leader characteristics in many more capable leaders who are responding to today's pandemic crisis. I see it in many of you in communities around this country who are stepping up and placing others ahead of yourselves; who are building community by taking care of others while placing yourselves at risk.

Thank you Robert Greenleaf for giving us a way of describing selfless leadership in a time when what we see most dominating the news is selfishness and the antithesis of what it means to be a servant leader.

To my countryman and women we need to demonstrate servant leadership in whatever ways we can, if for no other reason our lives depend on it. We can choose to take care of ourselves or we can choose to care for and take care of as many others as we can--the survival of our species depends on it.

In a time of crisis survival depends on community--a coming together for the better good of the collective. The caretaker today may very well become the cared for tomorrow. If you are a selfish person consider this: Your life might very well depend on someone who stepped up as a servant leader to save it.

This pandemic does not know race, religion, or any other characteristic that has come to separate us in normal times. The wealthiest among us are getting sick as are the poorest among us. Today there is at least some likelihood that someone you know or someone who knows someone you know may very well be sick. If that is not true today, it may very well be true tomorrow if the medical projections are accurate. In fact, you may even find yourself looking in the mirror at someone who has gotten sick. None of us are impervious to pain and suffering.

I choose to be filled with hope that we can all learn from this pandemic just how important we all are to each other. I choose to live in the service of others as I know many of you do too by choosing serving over selfishness. When you go to the store remember that someone else might need an item of the multiple ones you stuffed in your basket. Consider your neighbor. If we all do that we will be serving each other in a manner that creates a stronger community. By building stronger communities we make everyone safer. Be the servant leader in your community!

Trauma (being physically or psychologically wounded) can produce positive outcomes and a better life).
03/30/2020

Trauma (being physically or psychologically wounded) can produce positive outcomes and a better life).

Traumatic events do not have to remain only negative events that trap us in a continuous cycle of pain and suffering. They can be used to help us take charge of our pain and turn it into what is called posttraumatic growth (PTG).

PTG is a process that can evolve in the aftermath of a seismic traumatic event but we have to be proactive, take charge of our pain, move through our cycle of grief (including our depression), to get to the other side where we can move on to healing and PTG. This is not easy, but it is absolutely possible if you are willing to let go of the pain, learn from it, and to move on with a more fulfilled life.

Join us for this free public service webinar and help create a more trauma informed community.
03/03/2020
FREE PUBLIC SERVICE WEBINAR

Join us for this free public service webinar and help create a more trauma informed community.

Topic: Creating a meaningful life in the aftermath of trauma and beyond posttraumatic growth. Hosted by: Walden University Dr.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20th, from 2 to 5 p.m., to spend the afternoon with The Michael F. Lange Fo...
04/28/2017

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20th, from 2 to 5 p.m., to spend the afternoon with The Michael F. Lange Foundation at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland as we present a special interactive museum exhibit and presentation, The Life and Legacy of Michael Lange, in honor of an Oakland son who lived to promote Social Change, Social Justice, and Peace. We will also honor a few outstanding community leaders and dedicated family members and friends who have blessed Michael and the Lange family through murals, television talk shows, film roles, and more!

Supporting Black Greek organizations which are committed to positive social change.
03/11/2017
www.nphchq.org

Supporting Black Greek organizations which are committed to positive social change.

“For us to remain strong, in spite of our differences, we have to cherish them instead of using them to separate ourselv...
03/10/2017
I Am — Part 3 – The Michael F. Lange Foundation

“For us to remain strong, in spite of our differences, we have to cherish them instead of using them to separate ourselves. Our [country’s] greatness depends on unity.” –Dr. Asif Chaudhry

The third and final entry into a three part series on an interfaith gathering at the Pullman, WA Mosque.

In light of the Trump Administration's decisions to target groups, our greatest asset will be our ability to come together for each other. #Unity #Resist

Opening the Facebook app or looking at the news no longer seems safe; there is a continuous barrage of dishertening news from our current White House. Even today, we are starting “Round 2” of the immigration ban, with Hawaii and Washington State leading with a lawsuit. This type of state sponsored d...

The Michael F. Lange Foundation
02/27/2017
The Michael F. Lange Foundation

The Michael F. Lange Foundation

“This interfaith is not a message for the old, but a message for the young adults. The young will see this act of interfaith and remember it until they are old.”

Part 2 of a 3 part series exploring the Muslim Community during our current administration

“This interfaith is not a message for the old, but a message for the young adults. The young will see this act of interf...
02/27/2017
I Am — Part 2 – The Michael F. Lange Foundation

“This interfaith is not a message for the old, but a message for the young adults. The young will see this act of interfaith and remember it until they are old.”

Part 2 of a 3 part series exploring the Muslim Community during our current administration

There are many Muslims who have reasons to doubt and fear what can happen in the next four years.  President Trump has been known for his loose footing on his policy stances, and his constant flopping, however, some of his campaign stances have been concerning, to say the least. President Trump has…

“I want to feel like a Muslim in this country can do anything, and be anything.” -Dr. Asif J. ChaudhryPart 1 of a 3 part...
02/26/2017
I Am — Part 1 – The Michael F. Lange Foundation

“I want to feel like a Muslim in this country can do anything, and be anything.” -Dr. Asif J. Chaudhry

Part 1 of a 3 part series exploring the Muslim communities during the current administration. Look for parts 2 and 3 in the coming days.

United States tensions are high. Protests fill the streets, City council meetings no longer have enough room for their constituents, and States are suing the Federal government. The outrage in response to President Trump’s Executive Order dictating a travel ban against several countries has been mas...

"The use of “nonpartisan” in such a mission statement is laughable at best and hypocritical at worst, considering that t...
01/25/2017
Then They Came for the Professors – The Michael F. Lange Foundation

"The use of “nonpartisan” in such a mission statement is laughable at best and hypocritical at worst, considering that the website they created, sponsor, and maintain targets professors nationwide, with the clear objective of bringing harm to the reputations of anyone they perceive as discriminating “against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda.”'

It has begun in America. The chilling Professor Watch List, a website that personally targets college professors, states the following purpose:

01/16/2017
To be a fly on the wall: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meets Malcolm X in Omega Chapter – The Michael F. Lange Foundation

The Michael F. Lange Foundation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with an exposé by the President Pettis Perry.

For those of us in The Michael F. Lange Foundation, as we think about and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded of his accomplishments and his impact on global human rights. But, we also celebrate his life as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. We cannot separate this conn...

11/21/2016
WFAA

As timely today as it was then. . .Thank you!

"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein.

In case you missed it, this is why everyone is talking about Dale Hansen.

His legacy, His Family, His Friends
05/20/2016

His legacy, His Family, His Friends

His legacy, His Family, His Friends

05/20/2016

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, artist, 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 where he lived in 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, and five other founding members came together as Incorporators to form the initial nucleus of the organization. In addition to Jerri and Pettis, the founders were Michael’s cousin Anita Smith, friend Carmen Stone, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Brothers Peter Bostic, John Cooke, and Darrell Ovid, as well as Jeffrey Slough a teacher and community activist from Bellingham, WA. Cheryl Perry-League, Doris Mangrum, Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Fred Jackson, and Cherif Sidialicherif were recruited to the Board of Directors shortly thereafter. With the help of many other friends and family members, The Michael F. Lange Foundation initiated its strategic thinking process, received its 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity designation from the California Secretary of State on October 19, 2015, and its Letter of Exemption from the IRS on December 30, 2015. Within one year, The Foundation Launched its website on May 20, 2016, the anniversary of Michael’s passing.

Carmen Stone, Founding Member

The Michael F. Lange Foundation's cover photo
05/20/2016

The Michael F. Lange Foundation's cover photo

The Michael F. Lange Foundation
05/20/2016

The Michael F. Lange Foundation

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I am so sorry I missed this. I called Michael my friend and am still in mourning because of his passing. Let me know if there is anything I can do. Love to his Mother and Brother.