The Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, the nationally renowned social-action minister and theologian, returns to the Inland Valley on June 22 to offer words of encouragement and praise to African-American youth.
Murray’s first pastorate was at Primm African-Methodist-Episcopal Church in Pomona, the Inland Empire’s oldest black church, after completing his Ph.D in religion at the Claremont School of Theology. A frequent visitor and guest speaker at Primm and Inland Valley community and educational events, Murray will give the keynote speech at the Council of African-American Parents’ 21st annual scholarship luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pomona Valley Mining Company Restaurant.
Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds benefit programs of CAAP, a nonprofit organization assisting African-American children to achieve academic proficiency, realize higher educational goals and build character, said event coordinator Sonya Earley.
CAAP was established 21 years ago to combat racist treatment of black students in Walnut Valley Unified School District and to increase educational opportunities for black teens, said co-founder Ingrid Johnson. As its success increased, more students and parents sought CAAP services, she continued. Although most participants live in Southern California, students who live as far away as Palo Alto and San Francisco also participate.
“We think with determination, discipline, hard work, mentoring and opportunity, black youth can achieve academically and personally,” Johnson said.
Murray, 84, was born and raised in Florida and nicknamed Chip by his high-school sweetheart Bernadine Cousin. They married in 1958 after she completed degrees in sociology and education.
He earned a bachelor degree at Florida A&M University and joined the Air Force in 1951. He served as an Air Defense Command jet radar intercept captain during the Korean War and as a navigator in the Air Transport Command. He was decorated with the Soldier’s Medal of Valor before retiring as a reserve major in 1961 and entering the Claremont School of Theology.
Source: The Sun Community |