IPR Students Attend 30th Annual Parker Lecture

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.

Group photo of current IPR students, fellows, and directors

From left: IPR students Jessica Lee, Amanda Burkett, Jordan Blumenthal, and Hillary Hodsdon, IPR Fellow Blake Reid, IPR student Jessica Wang, former IPR Fellow and current FCC staffer Jenny Prime, IPR Fellow Laura Moy, Citizens Communication Center founder Al Kramer, IPR Director Angela Campbell, and IPR student Victoria Ajayi

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.

Photo of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and OC Inc. Board Member Sara Fitzgerald

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. (left) and OC Inc. Board Member Sara Fitzgerald (right)

Photo of former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani and IPR Director Angela Campbell

Former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani (left), IPR Director Angela Campbell (right), and IPR Fellow Laura Moy (back right)

Photo of IPR student Victoria Ajayi and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

IPR student Victoria Ajayi and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Photo of IPR student Jordan Blumenthal and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

IPR student Jordan Blumenthal and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Photo of IPR Fellow Blake Reid and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

IPR Fellow Blake Reid and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

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