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Trailblazers Featured at the 40th Annual Parker Lecture

Maya Wiley, Jessica J. González and TL Lewis to be honored

The UCC Media Justice Ministry's 40th Annual Parker Lecture & Awards Breakfast is back in person this fall. The event will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington D.C. at 8 am ET.

Maya Wiley, the nationally recognized civil rights leader and newly-appointed president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will present the 40th Parker Lecture. Wiley brings a perspective based on a wealth of expertise and a lifetime of leadership in the civil rights sector as a founder of the Center for Social Inclusion (now Race Forward), and as a litigator at the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. She also played a key role championing a $10 million investment in affordable broadband in New York City and served as a legal analyst for MSNBC from 2018 to 2021.

Jessica J. González, co-CEO of Free Press, is a champion for low-income people, people of color and others often left out of the discussion in communications policy. She is a staunch advocate 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, and helped lead the “Stop Hate for Profit” boycott.

Talila "TL" Lewis, co-founder of HEARD, which is is a path-breaking advocate with and for disabled incarcerated people, and works to identify and address the inextricable links between ableism and all forms of oppression. Lewis co-founded HEARD in 2011 to support deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, and hard of hearing people affected by incarceration, especially those who were wrongfully convicted.

The 40th Parker Lecture will take place on September 22, 2022

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