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Maya Wiley, Jessica J. Gonzalez to be honored

Lecture & Award Ceremony held in person in Washington, D.C. and online September 22, 2022

Maya Wiley, the president & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will deliver the 40th annual Everett C. Parker Lecture. Jessica J. Gonzalez, co-CEO of Free Press, will receive the group’s prestigious Parker Award at the September 22 event.

Wiley is a well-known civil rights leader who has worked as a litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and served as a legal analyst for MSNBC from 2018 to 2021. She co-founded the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), a national policy strategy organization working to end structural racism, which is now part of Race Forward.

Gonzalez is an attorney whose advocacy spans a wide range of media justice and racial justice issues. She has championed programs that subsidizes communications services for low-income households. Gonzalez has been a champion of net neutrality and media diversity, and a forceful opponent of media consolidation. She co-founded Change the Terms, building a coalition of more than 60 civil- and digital-rights groups seeking to address online hate speech.

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