Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray (Courtesy photo)

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd and the members of First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles will celebrate their 150th anniversary on Friday, June 30, at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.

Eight notable people will be honored for their stellar contributions to uplifting God and the African American community. The following people will be recognized.

Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray shepherded First AME Church from 1977-2004,

taking a congregation of 600 and growing it to more than 17,500.  His vision, “Taking the Church Beyond Its Walls,” galvanized his flock into over 30 task forces, each targeting a critical issue in society, from health and substance abuse to homelessness and education. After retiring from First AME Church, Reverend Murray continued to serve as a senior fellow at the University of Southern California, holding the Tanzy Chair of Christian Ethics and chairing the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement until 2022, at the age of 92.

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., co-founder of the National Black United Fund, has been at the helm of the Brotherhood Crusade for the past 30 years and now serves as chairman of the board.   He is chairman of Bakewell Media, owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times Newspapers, chairman emeritus of the National Newspapers Publishers Association, creator/founder of Taste of Soul Family Festival and chairman of the Bakewell Company, one of the largest African American privately-owned development companies in the United States.

Clifton W. Albright is the president of Albright, Yee & Schmit, APC. As an active trial attorney, he specializes in providing legal representation for employment, labor and tort defense to governmental and private entities.  Albright was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business and meets with government officials in Washington D.C. on international trade and trade relations.

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Darrell Brown is the founder and CEO of The Rewirement Project (TRP), an enterprise that engages through the lens of executive coach, management consultant, business strategist and personal success planning.  Before establishing TRP, he was an accomplished senior executive in the Banking and Financial Services Industry responsible for strategic, tactical and profit and loss management and was one of the highest-ranking African Americans in retail banking.

Areva Martin, Esq. is a CNN contributor, award-winning civil rights attorney, civic leader, philanthropist and talk show host.  She co-hosted the daytime talk shows “The Doctors” and “Face the Truth.”   Martin is the host of “Areva Martin in Real Time” on KBLA radio and won awards in media and streaming for highlighting racial disparities and social inequities in America.  She is the founder and president of Special Needs Network and the founder and principal of Martin & Martin, LLP, one of Los Angeles’ premier Black, female-owned law firms. She has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in the country.

Wilfred L. Marshall is the economic development representative of the Economic Development Administration for Southern and Central California.  Throughout his career, he has assisted small and medium-sized business firms with acquisitions and mergers as well as with general and specialized development.   Marshall was formerly deputy mayor for Small Business and Economic Development during Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration and managed and operated programs that promoted and assisted industrial and commercial development activity and created contract opportunities for small and minority firms throughout the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Jerry P. Abraham, MD MPH CMQ, is a renowned physician and public health advocate who currently serves as the director of Vaccine Programs at Kedren Community Health Center.  Dr. Abraham is also assistant professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a historically Black medical school, and serves as the co-director of their joint-initiative, the CDU-KEDREN Mobile Street Medicine Program.   He has served on numerous boards and committees and has been a vocal advocate for health equity and medical justice, particularly in underserved communities.

Dr. Carieta Cain Grizzell, a retired AME Church pastor, is the great-great granddaughter of Bishop Richard Harvey Cain, and the great granddaughter of the Rev. Jarrett E. Edwards.  She presently serves as pastor of the Fair Oaks United Methodist Church in Fair Oaks, California. She has worked to improve the quality of life for youth and young adults, providing a wide range of programs and organizing Community Development Corporations wherever she has served as pastor.  Dr. Grizzell has been the recipient of many civic and congressional awards and honors for her exceptional work in the community.

Join the celebration on June 30th at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood by contacting the Events office at 310-568-9091 or emailing [email protected].