NAACP Washington director to present 2013 Parker Lecture
Written by Anthony Moujaes April 16, 2013
Three media justice advocates will be recognized on Oct. 1 at the 31st Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Parker Lecture is held each year by the United Church of Christ's Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) to recognize individuals making a difference in ethical broadcasting. One of the honorees, Hilary O. Shelton of the NAACP Washington Bureau and member of People's UCC in Washington, D.C., will present this year's lecture.
Albert H. Kramer, founder of the Citizens Communications Center, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award, which recognizes work that embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications. Malkia Amala Cyril, founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, will receive the Donald H. McGannon Award, given in recognition of special contributions in advancing the roles of women and persons of color in the media and in the media reform movement.
This year's Parker Lecture will be delivered Oct. 1 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, founded by abolitionists in 1865 as the first racially integrated church in Washington, D.C. The congregation has been worshipping at its current location at 10th and G Streets NW since 1869.
Shelton's experience and insight should continue the Parker Lecture's history of inspirational and thought-provoking speakers. In his current position, Shelton is responsible for advancing the federal policy agenda of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. He has been an outspoken advocate for diversity in media and the importance of communications policy with respect to vindicating civil rights. Shelton has been instrumental in helping pass key legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Hate Crimes Statistics Act, the Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the National Assault Weapons Ban, Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act.
The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize the Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker, founder of OC Inc., and his work as an advocate for public rights in broadcasting. The event is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications in the digital age from an ethical perspective.
OC, Inc. is the media justice arm of the United Church of Christ, founded in 1959 to reform television stations in the south that were unfairly covering the Civil Rights Movement. Since its founding, OC, Inc. has worked to ensure that women, minorities and low-income persons have equal access to ownership, production, employment and decision making in media.