LA Dreamers: Our African-American Pioneers – Rev. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – We’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Southern California’s African-American Pioneers.

Reverend Cecil Murray is nationally known for picking up the pieces after the 1992 L.A. riots.

In his 27-years as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, this history major expanded the church’s membership from 250 to more than 19,000.

This former Air Force officer and his congregation created 40 task forces to address the issues of health, homelessness and substance abuse among other projects.

This L.A. Dreamer still works tirelessly to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles as chairman of Christian ethics at the USC School of Religion.

To find out more about Rev. Cecil Murray and other L.A. Dreamers, the Los Angeles Urban League has a special free exhibit called “The 90 That Built L.A.”

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