This morning, students from IPR’s First Amendment and media law section attended the United Church of Christ Office of Communication (OC Inc.)‘s 30th Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Breakfast, delivered by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. IPR has served as counsel to both OC Inc. and Rainbow PUSH in matters before the FCC.
Rev. Jackson spoke passionately about the role of media consolidation in perpetuating a lack of diversity in broadcast media, the injustice of the exorbitant rates charged for telephone service between prison inmates and their families, and various other communications and social justice issues.
Charles Benton, the chairman of the board of the Benton Foundation, one of IPR’s clients, received the Everett C. Parker award in recognition of his support for promoting the public interest in traditional and digital media. The award and lecture are named after Reverend Everett Parker, who led efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to revoke the broadcast licenses of television stations in the South that censored news about the civil rights movement and television appearances by African-American leaders.