Michael Lange, actor, director and filmmaker, is best known for his portrayal as a Malcolm X delineator, having performed the fiery freedom fighter and orator's speeches nationally on stage since early 1990. He has directed two award-winning plays, 'Ceremonies in Dark Old Men' (Best Play Award) and 'The Old Settler" (Best Director). He premiered Ed Ballou's work "Another Depression', in the role of The Human Isotope in 2010. As a playwright, he wrote the play 'Prophet Nat', a musical docudrama based on the life of slave-prophet Nat Turner. He served on the faculty at San Jose State University, where he taught since 1998.” Lange passed away in the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, while the final section of the Alice Street Mural was being painted. His image was added as a tribute post-mortem.
Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.