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The 2017 Everett C. Parker Lecture

The 35th Annual Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast was held on October 24th, 2017. Read more about this year's lecturer and honoreesPress release, photos and videos. Thank you to our sponsors.

Parker Lecture Honorees 2017

Rinku Sen

Rashad Robinson

Ravi Kapur

2017 Everett C. Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast

  • Rinku Sen, outgoing president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, delivered the 35th Annual Parker Lecture
  • Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, received the Everett C. Parker Award
  • Ravi Kapur, founder and CEO of Diya TV, received the Donald H. McGannon Award

The Everett C. Parker Lecture has been a tradition in media justice for over 30 years. It is a program with an interesting and compelling history.

The Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Communication, Inc. (OC, Inc.) of the United Church of Christ.

Parker Lecture in Ethics and Telecommunications. The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize Parker's pioneering work as an advocate for the public's rights in broadcasting. It is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications and the digital age from an ethical perspective.

Everett C. Parker Award. The Parker Award is given in recognition of an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications and the media.

Donald H. McGannon Award. The McGannon Award is given in recognition of special contributions in advancing the roles of women and persons of color in the media.

Since its founding in 1959, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ (OC, Inc.) has been a leading force in the struggle to ensure that women, persons of color and low-income persons have equal access to ownership, production, employment, and decision making in media. OC, Inc.'s work grows out of the United Church of Christ's historic commitment to civil rights, and our belief that social justice cannot be achieved without a media system that reflects our diverse histories and struggles. OC, Inc. promotes justice in media through legal challenges, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and public education.

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