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Make 4th of July into a Day of Interdependence

On this Day of Independence, we must note that our independence—from tyranny and oppression—always comes at a price. Freedom is not cheap! But this does not mean that we must spend more …

A Declaration of Interdependence

A nation of nations, our actions in these troubled times must be guided by a notion of notions—let us call it “A Declaration of Interdependence.” We were founded to be a beacon …

Religion Dispatches: “Integrated into a Burning House?”: A Pre-Inauguration Conversation with Rev. Cecil Murray

In response to America’s changing social and political climate, Religion Dispatches interviewed Rev. Cecil Murray to discuss how the Black Church’s past can influence its future role under a Trump Presidency. Rev. Murray …

Trump Will Always Be With Us – Rev. Cecil Murray on the Election

As soon as I entered my office on Wednesday morning, people started calling me. The callers are in shock, amazement, at what happened in the presidential race. I listen, and then I …

L.A. Times: It’s 2016 and the Civil Rights Era Hasn’t Ended

This post originally appeared on the Sunday OpEd page of the L.A. Times. I participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. I was pastor of my second church, in Kansas City, Kansas, in …

Talk Back Live: Murray and Whitlock on Racial Justice and the Black Church

Rev. Cecil Murray and Rev. Mark Whitlock were interviewed by Antoine Hawkins on his radio show, Talk Back Live. Click here to listen to the interview Here are some highlights: Asked about …

Rev. Cecil Murray on the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Riots

Riots erupted in the African American neighborhood of Watts 50 years ago on August 11, after the arrest of a young black motorist, his mother and brother. The violence came out of …

Why We Can’t Wait to End Workplace Discrimination

Rev. Cecil Murray wrote the following op-ed with Rev. Kelvin Sauls. It appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News and Los Angeles Sentinel. Leray Williams, a 24-year-old ironworker apprentice, landed a job …

Intersections: Cecil Murray, South L.A.’s Civic Leader and Spiritual Guide

This article originally appeared on Intersections South LA. By Jordyn Holman Since late November, residents from South Los Angeles have been peacefully protesting courthouse decisions to not indict police officers in Missouri …

LA Dreamers: Our African-American Pioneers

Reverend Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray has been featured in a KTLA broadcast that profiles his work in the Southern California community since the 1992 L.A riots. An excerpt from the piece: “Reverend Cecil …

President Nikias Hosts Rev. Murray Book Reception

This post originally appeared on USC News. USC President C. L. Max Nikias hosted an event on Oct. 2 at Doheny Memorial Library celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray …

Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray a part of Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence

The Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence released a report on Friday detailing patterns of abuse and ‘unreasonable force’ in the Sheriff Department’s jails. The report places blame on Sheriff …

Twice Tested by Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service

Twice Tested by Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service Cecil L. “Chip” Murray Figueroa Press, 2012 The fellowship of Christians generally and the Black Church specifically have an obligation beyond the …

The Los Angeles Riots 20 Years Later: An Interview with the Rev. Dr. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray

USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni interviewed Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray for the Huffington Post. During the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, Murray became a household name as the …

Murray leads new center at USC

The L.A. Sentinel wrote an article about USC’s Cecil L. Murray Center for Community Engagement. The Murray Center had a soft launch this fall and currently has programming underway. The Center will …

Crenshaw-area housing for seniors exemplifies the AME Church’s civic-minded brand of faith

The LA Times quoted Cecil Murray, CRCC senior fellow, in this article on housing development in Los Angeles by the AME church. “Ward AME is to be commended because it has been …

Foreword

Like Ezekiel of old, Dr. Daniel Walker invites us to walk with him through a valley of dry bones. It is not yet a graveyard, but the site of a recent battle …

Comerica Bank Provides Grant to USC Cecil Murray Center

From left to right: Mark Whitlock (executive director of the Murray Center), David White (executive vice president of Comerica Bank), Michael Quick (executive vice dean of USC College), Cecil Murray (CRCC senior …

Passing the Mantle to the Next Generation of Leaders

“Our concern is that many of the gospels being preached today are designed for the ear, not the human condition,” Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray told the Los Angeles Times. “Our goal …