Office of Communications, Inc.

The 2018 Everett C. Parker Lecture

The 36th Annual Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast was held

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 8:00 am

First Congregational UCC, 945 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20001

2018 Everett C. Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast Honorees:

  • Helen Brunner, director, Global Fund and founding director of the Media Democracy Fund, will deliver the 36th Annual Parker Lecture
  • Gigi B. Sohn, a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award
  • Kevin Sampson, founder and director of the D.C. Black Film Festival, will receive the Donald H. McGannon Award

Read our press release. See a video montage of highlights, video clips as well as the whole event, and photos available for download.  

Thank you to this year's tremendous sponsors.

Helen Brunner Gigi B. Sohn Kevin Sampson

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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