Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Awards

Social Justice Awards Reception

Everett C. Parker Award

Each year, MMTC confers the Everett C. Parker Award on a distinguished citizen who has rendered the most distinguished service, over many years, to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries. The Parker Award is named after Dr. Everett Parker, who in 1955 founded the modern media reform movement as the founding Director of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Parker’s pioneering work in challenging the FCC licensee qualifications of segregationist southern television stations formed the basis for the FCC’s present-day civil rights jurisprudence. Dr. Parker remains active in the civil rights movement, serving in many capacities, including that of a Director of MMTC. The Parker Award is MMTC’s highest honor.

MMTC’s Hall of Fame Award

MMTC inducts several leading communications practitioners, advocates and scholars into its Hall of Fame each year. The Hall of Fame inductees have rendered exceptional contributions over many years to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries.

Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award

MMTC confers an annual Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award to a law or engineering firm that has provided extraordinary service to the cause of diversity and inclusion in the media and telecommunications industries.

Extraordinary Service Award

On occasion, MMTC confers the Extraordinary Service award on members of its staff, or volunteers who have far exceeded the call of duty in the service of the civil rights cause.

Excellence in Financial Services Award

In 2007, MMTC created the Excellence in Financial Services Award to recognize a bank, private equity fund, venture capital fund or other financial institution that has been exceptionally active in serving new markets by working with minority entrepreneurs and providing them with access to capital.

Broadband and Social Justice Awards

In 2012, MMTC created the Broadband and Social Justice Awards to recognize persons or organizations whose extraordinary advocacy has helped to bridge the digital divide and promote social justice concerns.  MMTC confers two social justice awards – the Champion of Digital Equality Award, and the Digital Media Social Justice Award – at its annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit in January of each year.

For a complete list of MMTC award winners, please download this handout.

MMTC Hall of Fame

    1998

  • Thomas Castro
  • Ragan A. Henry
  • Cathy Hughes
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Robert Johnson
  • Rev. Everett C. Parker
  • Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr.
    1999

  • P. Raul Alarcon Sr.
  • Hon. John Conyers
  • Hon. Julia L. Johnson
  • Thomas J. Johnson *
  • Maceo Sloan
  • J. Clay Smith, Esq.
  • Hon. Percy E. Sutton
    2000

  • Dorothy Brunson
  • Henry Geller
  • Hon. William Gray
  • David Honig
  • Mel Karmazin
  • L. Lowry Mays
  • Earle K. Moore
  • Sol Trujillo
    2001

  • Hon. Benjamin L. Hooks
  • Hon. William E. Kennard
  • John E. Oxendine
    2002

  • Leo Hindery
  • Andrew Schwartzman
  • Hon. Gloria Tristani
    2003

  • Alfred Liggins
  • Hon. Henry Rivera
  • Hon. Esteban Torres
  • Eddie Wong
    2004

  • Angela Campbell
  • Phylis Eagle-Oldson
  • Willie Gary
  • Erwin Krasnow
  • Marc Morial
  • Jeffrey Smulyan
  • Edward Young
    2005

  • Priscilla Hill-Ardoin
  • Johnnie L. Cochran *
  • Marie Johns
  • Alex Nogales
  • Larry Roberts
  • Linda Eckard Vilardo
    2006

  • Leonard Baynes
  • Moctesuma Esparza
  • Bill Stephney
    2007

  • Amador Bustos
  • Paula Madison
  • Hon. Nancy Victory
    2008

  • Francisco Montero
  • Jack Mullaney
  • James Winston
    2009

  • Bruce Chatman
  • Adam Lindemann
  • Jose R. Mas
  • Joseph Waz
  • Lauren Williams

2010

  • Angela Benton
  • Rey Ramsey

2011

  • Richard Bodorff, Esq.
  • Dr. Jannette Dates
  • Henry Geller, Esq.
  • Eduardo Peña, Esq.

2012

  • David Grain
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Hon. Sharon Weston-Broome
  • Brent Wilkes, Esq.

2013

  • Ronald J. Gordon

2014

  • Debra L. Lee
  • Steven C. Roberts
  • S. Jenell Trigg

2015

  • Debra Martin Chase, Owner, Martin Chase Productions
  • Floyd Mori, President and CEO, APAICS

2016

  • George E. Curry, President and CEO, George Curry Media, LLC; Former Editor-in-Chief, BlackPressUSA.com
  • Mee Moua, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Champion of Digital Equality Award Recipients

  • Tanya Lombard 2012
  • David L. Cohen 2013
  • Marva Johnson 2014

2015

  • Hill Harper
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition Silicon Valley Project

2016

  • Antonio Tijerino
  • Henry “Hank” Williams

Corporate Diversity Leadership Award Recipients

  • Radio One 2011
  • Spanish Broadcasting System 2011
  • AT&T 2012
  • Clear Channel Communications 2014
  • Verizon 2013
  • National Cable and Telecommunications Association 2016

Distinguished Pro Bono Achievement Award

  • Shea & Gardner 2004
  • Hogan & Hartson 2005
  • Leventhal Senter & Lerman 2006
  • Zuckerman Spaeder 2007
  • Covington & Burling 2008
  • Hogan & Hartson 2009
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath 2010
  • Henry Solomon, Esq. 2011
  • Akin Gump 2013
  • Davis Wright Tremaine 2013
  • Troutman Sanders and Sharie Brown, Partner 2014
  • Hogan Lovells 2014
  • Benjamin Crump, Esq. 2015
MMTC Social Justice Awards

Everett C. Parker Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Rev. Everett C. Parker 1995
  • Hon. Larry Irving 1996
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. 1997
  • Hon. Richard Wiley 1998
  • Hon. Charles Ferris 1999
  • Cathy Hughes 2000
  • Sandra Dorsey-Rice 2002
  • Hon. Kenneth Cox 2003
  • Dennis Swanson 2004
  • Thomas S. Murphy and 2005
  • Daniel B. Burke
  • Ragan A. Henry 2006
  • Phylis Eagle-Oldson 2007
  • Diane Sutter 2008
  • Hon. Michael J. Copps 2009
  • Hon. Robert Menendez 2010
  • Hon. Marc Morial 2011
  • Hon. James E. Clyburn 2012
  • Hon. Robert W. McDowell 2013
  • Hon. Jonathan S. Adelstein 2013
  • David Honig 2015
  • S. Jenell Trigg

Extraordinary Service Award

  • Vincent Pepper 2001
  • Nicolaine Lazarre 2004
  • Fatima Fofana 2005
    2006

  • Ari Fitzgerald
  • Larry Roberts
  • Kiri Davis 2007
    2008

  • Steven Lerman
  • Jane Mago
  • Vincent Pepper
  • Julian Shepard
  • Gregg Skall
  • Jerianne Timmerman
    2009

  • Parul Desai
  • Frank Jazzo
  • Mark Lipp
  • Frank McCoy
  • Jack Mullaney
  • Julian Shepard
  • Hon. Calvin Smyre
  • S. Jenell Trigg
  • Melodie Virtue
  • Howard Weiss
  • Scott Woodworth
    2010

  • Cynthia Marshall
  • Clear Channel Communications
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network
    2011

  • Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr.
    2012

  • Kristal High, Esq.
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D
  • Amicus Brief Signators
    2014

  • Black Enterprise
  • Melanie Campbell
  • Ralph Everett
  • C. Howie Hodges, II
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
  • Hon. Karen Kornbluh
  • Fernando R. Laguarda
  • Nicolaine Lazarre
  • Maureen Lewis
  • Rev. Steven J. Smith
  • James W. Winston
    2015

  • Joycelyn James
  • Jacqueline Clary
  • Kiri Laurelle Davis
  • Jason Llorenz
  • Feidin Santana
    2016

  • Clint Odom
  • David Redl
  • Timothy Robinson

Excellence in Financial Services Award

  • Wells Fargo Foothill 2007
  • SYNCOM 2008
  • Opportunity Capital Partners 2009
  • The Gladstone Companies 2010
  • RLJ Equity Partners, LLC 2011
  • The Wentworth Group 2012

Digital Media Pioneer for Social Justice Award Recipients

    2012

  • Dennis Leoni
  • Issa Rae
    2013

  • Mrs. Martha Wright-Reed
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Campaign for Prison Phone Justice
  • Prison Phone Rates Collaborative
    2014

  • Maria Teresa Kumar
  • Debra Berlyn
  • Martin J. Chavez
  • Jason Lagria
  • Lyle “Butch” Wing

2015

  • Maria Teresa Kumar

Digital Media Vanguard Award

    2015

  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Leonard Burnett, Jr.
  • Keith Clinkscales

2016

  • Tichina Arnold

Entrepreneur of the Year

    2013

  • David Grain
    2015

  • Kongsue Xiong
  • Xeng Xiong

* Award conferred posthumously.