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Inquirer Loses Another Friend, Michael Langford

Michael Langford
October 7, 1958 – November 16, 2021

Long-time Atlanta community leader and activist Michael Langford died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Langford had been a friend to many in Atlanta including members of the Atlanta Inquirer family.

Langford had worked within the community with his late brother Arthur E. Langford, who was a Georgia State Senator from 1984 to 1994.

Long-time advocate for justice in the Atlanta Child Murders [whereby at least twenty-eight children, adolescents, and adults were killed from July 1979 through May 1981 by a serial murderer], Langford served on Atlanta’s Anti-Violence Advisory Council under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

On the city of Atlanta’s website, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms stated, “Derek [husband] and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Langford – one of Atlanta’s great leaders. Michael’s quiet spirit of service served as a model for advocacy and community engagement. Whenever I called on him, he was there to help. Michael gave his all to this city. He will be missed. Our prayers are with his family and everyone who loved him.”

Langford, 63, is survived by three sons, a daughter and a multitude of friends.

Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home is handling the final arrangements.

A public viewing will be Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Atlanta, Georgia 30310.

The funeral will be on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Noon at West Hunter Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Atlanta, Georgia 30310, Reverend DeWitt T. Smith, officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia 30314.

Last updated on December 2, 2021

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