Supporting the NAACP, Urban League, Moms and Sons
Melvin Lars is a native of Bossier City/Shreveport, Louisiana; he received several under graduate and graduate academic degrees from various universities covering the states of; Louisiana, California, Texas, Michigan and Ohio; Louisiana Tech (BS – Health/English) University, Ruston, Louisiana, Texas Southern University (MA- Health Education/Psychology) Houston, Texas, Centenary (Secondary Administrative Certification) College, Shreveport, Louisiana, Eastern, Michigan University (Doctoral studies -Education) Ypsilanti, Michigan, Saginaw Valley State. University (Doctoral Studies-Education) Saginaw, Michigan, Youngstown State University (Doctoral studies – Education/Superintendent certification) and Los Angeles City College (California State teacher-administrative certification), Los Angeles, California. Lars is the executive producer/host of; “The Nobody Asked Me Guy” podcast, a weekly show that addresses both trending and historical stories of global interest.
Melvin is a certified Violence Prevention/Intervention Specialist, receiving his certification and training through the prestigious Harvard University, with Dr. Renee Prothro-Stith. Worked collaboratively with Hall of Famer Jim Brown and his Amer-I-Can Program. Collaborated and accompanied Dr. Dick Gregory in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, during Mr. Gregory’s international journey of assisting neighborhoods in the eradication of gang and drug related violence. He is a licensed/ordained Elder/Minister in both the C.O.G.I.C. & C.M.E. Churches. He is the CEO/founder of Brighter Futures Inc; a Family Wellness, Violence Prevention/Intervention and Academic Enhancement and entertainment Company; Former interim; Executive Director of Urban League of Greater Muskegon, Former NAACP President of Muskegon County; 2007-2012, former academic consultant to the Michigan Department of Education as a Compliance Monitor for the (NCLB Highly Qualified) initiative for Highly Qualified Teachers and works collaboratively with Hall of Famer Jim Brown and his Amer-I-Can Program.
Mr. Lars is a leukemia cancer survivor and was given a zero (0%) percent chance to survive Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in November of 1990. Lars’ latest publication; “Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two”, was inspired and ordained by God; he shares his life’s struggles and challenges while experiencing are rare form of cancer, known as, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia . This publication is receiving rave reviews and is said to be extremely inspiring and captivating. His poetry publications (4) the latest being; “Mind Muscle” have been compared to that of two of the great poets of our time; Dr. Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Mr. Lars is a former free-agent with the Houston (Practice squads) Oilers, and Oakland Raiders, former Defensive line coach for the Shreveport Pelicans, as well as numerous head and assistant coaching positions from Louisiana to California.
He is a retired High School principal; where he served as an administrator for twenty-five (25) years after having served as a classroom instructor for six and one-half (61/2). He is an academician with an educational publication titled “Dare To Be Positive”, and had the privilege of instituting this successful academic, non-traditional tutorial program at Linear Middle School, Shreveport Louisiana, and Buena Vista high school, Saginaw, Michigan. He has several poetic publications registered in the National Library of Poetry and has four published books of poetry; “Painted Images”, “Mind Muscle I&II” and “Reflections of Life”. He eagerly anticipates his two (2) upcoming; parent, friendly, self-help publications; “Sons Views of Their Mothers An Introspective Look At Sons Viewing Their Mothers Through Adult Eyes” and “Mothers and Their S’Men An Introspective Look At Mothers Rearing Their Sons”, both are slated for release in May 2019.
He is most proud of his instructional tenure at the infamous George Washington Preparatory High School in South Central Los Angeles; with famed, nationally renowned Principal; Dr. George J. McKenna, III of the “George (Movie) McKenna Story”, Portrayed by the renowned, prolific actor; Denzel Washington. During his tenure at Washington Preparatory; Lars served as head football coach/athletic director and administrative assistant to Dr. McKenna. He and his wife Ann co-own “Brighter Futures, Inc., an Educational and music management, violence prevention/intervention and Athletic consulting company. Mr. Lars has been blessed to have received many sports and academic awards, however; he is most proud of being presented with the “key” to the City, of Bossier City, Louisiana, in 1993, by former (deceased) mayor George Dement, for his initial poetry publication; “Reflections of Life” with over 4500 copies sold. He is a proud member of KAPPA ALPHA PSI, FRATERNITY INC., He lives by the motto “Dare To Be Positive” Mr. Lars’ personal creed: The Positive Power of One is the Empowerment of Many
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