In January 2016, Lerman Senter Member S. Jenell Trigg received the highest honor of the Multicultural Media Telecom & Internet Council (“MMTC”), the Everett C. Parker Lifetime Achievement Award. MMTC is the leading nonpartisan nonprofit advocate for diversity and civil rights in the media and telecom industries and celebrated its 30th anniversary as part of its 7th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit on Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21, 2016. Ms. Trigg was recognized for “the most distinguished service, over many years, to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries.”
The Parker Award is named after the late Dr. Rev. 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 and UCC worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders to ensure that the atrocities of Jim Crow were broadcast across the country. A link to the video of the ceremony and Ms. Trigg's acceptance speech can be found here: http://mmtconline.org/30th-anniversary-awards-reception.