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Atlanta honors activist and community leader Michael Langford this week

Atlanta community honors Michael Langford with a series of events celebrating his life and legacy after his passing. An activist, community leader and visionary, he served as president of the United Youth Adult Conference and served on the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Task Force and the Anti-Violence Advisory Council.

Michael Langford died on November 16, 2021 of sarcoidosis at Emory Midtown Hospital. He was 63 years old.

Atlanta City Council released the following statement after the death of an Atlanta resident and president of the United Youth Adult Conference Michael Langford:

Michael Langford was a pillar of the community. As President of the United Youth Adult Conference, he has inspired countless others and has been a strong advocate for equity and inclusion. Her service on the City of Atlanta Anti-Violence Advisory Council has helped increase awareness and engagement and enabled our community to improve the lives of children and families. As part of the Atlanta Child Murders investigation, he led missions to find missing children and was most recently a member of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce. He left a lasting legacy in Atlanta and will be remembered as a leader and a man of character. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends as we mourn her loss. “

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the following statement:

“Derek and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Langford– one of Atlanta’s great leaders, ”Bottoms said. “MichaelThe serene spirit of service has served as a model for advocacy and community engagement. Whenever I called on him, he was there to help me, including being part of the Atlanta Children’s Memorial Taskforce and the Anti-Violence Advisory Council. Michael gave everything to this city. We will miss him. Our prayers go out to his family and to all who loved him.

Andre Dickens paid tribute on Sunday afternoon at skate park Arthur Langford, Jr.

“He believed in me a lot, especially in his campaign for me, he believed in me, and he was there all the time,” Dickens said. “He was going to show up to our office and the next morning to pick up a bunch of signs and send the signs and we were waiting. And so, you know, we got the news and we’re all crying. “

Her niece, Sarah-Elizabeth Langford, said her uncle was a servant leader with a penchant for difficult matters.

“I think Michael’s deep and deep faith and love for God has really comforted my family,” said Sarah-Elizabeth. “Because we know God just called him home to a more heavenly place. God said, he fought the good fight. He has finished his race. He kept the faith. And now there is a crown of righteousness waiting for him, which the Lord, a righteous judge, will bestow upon him. So if any of us here could be half as selfless as he was half the servant leader that he was, we will be fine and he will continue to smile and be proud of us.

A candlelight ceremony honoring his life was held on Sunday, November 28 at 4 p.m. at the Arthur Langford Skate Park Jr., 1614 Arthur Langford Jr. Place SW.

A public visit will be held on Tuesday, November 30 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

The Service of Life Celebration will be held Wednesday, December 1 at noon at West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

He will be buried in Lincoln Cemetery, 2275 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW.

Condolences can be sent to Langford Family at 260 Taft Street, Atlanta, GA 30315.

In lieu of flowers, contributions must be made to Diversified Resolutions, 1718 Fairburn Road SW Atlanta, Georgia 30331, Memo – Conference programs for young united adults.

A photo of Michael Langford during the filming of “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” (Photo: imdb.com)