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.
* Award conferred posthumously.