Promoting Diversity in Media, Telecom and Broadband

Awards

AwardsEach 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 inducts several leading communications practicioners, 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.

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.

On occassion, 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.

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.

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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
2009 Access to Capital

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

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

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

Excellence in Financial Services Award

  • Wells Fargo Foothill 2007
  • SYNCOM 2008
  • Opportunity Capital Partners 2009
  • The Gladstone Companies 2010

* Award conferred posthumously.