City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and City Council Recognize Emmett Murrell as Recipient of Lancaster Community Contributor Award
During last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris and the Lancaster City Council honored Emmett Murrell as the eighth recipient of the City’s Community Contributor award. Murrell was honored for his ongoing mentorship of the Antelope Valley’s male youth, as well as his activism, and involvement within the faith-based community. The City of Lancaster’s Community Contributors program recognizes those who have invested years of service into the community.
“The lasting influence Emmett Murrell has had upon our youth and the Lancaster community as a whole is unparalleled – and for that we are truly grateful,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Without his devoted guidance and the open doors of the Murrell’s Farm and Boys Home, some of the young men he’s guided may have chosen a less fulfilling path. Emmett’s heartfelt desire to better the Lancaster community, starting with our youth, is one of many reasons why he is a fine example of what it truly means to be a Community Contributor.”
Throughout his life, Murrell has faced a number of hardships. He experienced the loss of his father at a young age and became involved with the street gang culture. He ultimately found his way back from that lifestyle through education and athletics. It was at California State University Northridge that he discovered his calling -- working with children and young adults. Murrell has managed to take his personal struggles and turn them into meaningful life lessons for others through the Murrell’s Farm and Boys Home, where he helps guide young men from the Antelope Valley to success.
When Emmett is not working with our youth, acting as a community activist, or serving the church, he spends time learning all he can about history. He has even put his love for the past to the test as a history re-enactor for the New Buffalo Soldiers, a U.S. Cavalry tribute group. Today, Murrell continues to pull from his rich life history for the betterment of others at the Murrell’s Farm and Boys Home and indeed throughout the Antelope Valley region.