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Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ox Tails, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Pacific Ocean
Favorite Quote:
I Know That God's Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1929
Birth Location:
Lakeland, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ox Tails, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Pacific Ocean
Favorite Quote:
I Know That God's Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today.

Birthplace

Born:
9/26/1929
Birth Location:
Lakeland
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Biography

Reverend Cecil L. Murray was born on September 26, 1929, in Lakeland, Florida, to Janie Belle Williams Murray and Edward Wilder Murray, Sr. Murray’s mother passed away when he was only four years old; he would be raised by his father who was devastated by his wife’s untimely passing. Growing up in the segregated South, Murray, his father, and his brother experienced profound racism firsthand.

Murray earned his undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, but joined the United States Air Force after graduation where he served during the Korean War as a jet radar intercept officer in the Air Defense Command, and as a navigator in the Air Transport Command. Murray retired as a reserve major in 1958, after ten years, and was decorated with a Soldier’s Medal of Valor. After Murray left the U.S. Air Force, he attended the School of Theology at Claremont College in California, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in religion.

Murray’s first church was in Pomona, California, where he helped grow a congregation of just twelve members to a group of 150. Murray later served at Trinity A.M.E. in Kansas City from 1966 to 1971; the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church in Seattle; and Los Angeles’ FAME Church in 1977, after Bishop H.H. Brookins recruited him to join. Under Murray, the congregation grew from several hundred members in 1977, to roughly 18,000.

Murray became a nationally known figure in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; he also became actively involved in the issues of job-training, homeowner loans, affordable housing, condom distribution, and HIV/AIDS awareness. Murray started FAME Renaissance, a non-profit organization that focused on economic development.

Murray retired as Senior Pastor from the FAME church on September 25, 2004. In 2005, Murray became a senior fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and continues to work as a liaison to the Los Angeles area, and to African American and Latino constituents. Murray also works on the Passing the Mantle project, which aimed to train clergy from African American churches across California in effective community development and organizing skills.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his mother's upbringing in Hemingway, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his father, Edward Murray, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes growing up during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his father's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers working on his maternal family's farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls race relations in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his education in Florida and South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers his influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers Ulysses Bradshaw Kinsey and HistoryMaker Bernard Kinsey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls his favorite school subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his family's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his time at West Palm Beach's Industrial High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers wanting to be a preacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers deciding to join the ministry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers deciding to join the ministry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls being a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls attending college on a scholarship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers meeting his wife, Bernardine Cousin Murray
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls attending Southern California School of Theology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers pastoring in Pomona, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Pomona, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls working at Trinity AME Church in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers working at First AME Church in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray gives the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray explains why Jesus Christ was African
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls displaying images of Jesus Christ as an African
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes the community outreach of Los Angeles' First AME Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers founding FAME Renaissance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers the 1992 Los Angeles Riots
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray recalls the private sector's support for his programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his work at University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes his hopes for future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray describes the theologians who influenced him
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray remembers Malcolm X
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray reflects upon his philosophical influences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray shares his message to America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Cecil L. "Chip" Murray narrates his photographs