NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary O. Shelton Honored as 2013 Parker Lecturer

(Washington, D.C.) - The United Church of Christ’s historic justice ministry, the Office of Communication, Inc., recognized Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the NAACP, for being a media justice advocate who is promoting ethical journalism practices. This honor was bestowed upon Mr. Shelton on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., where he delivered the prestigious 2013 Parker Lecture.

The Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture was created in 1982 to recognize the Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker, founder of the United Church of Christ's Office of Communication, Inc., for his work as an advocate for public rights in broadcasting. The event is the only lecture in the country to examine telecommunications in the digital age from an ethical perspective. The Parker Lecture is held each year by the United Church of Christ's Office of Communication, Inc. to recognize individuals making a difference in ethical broadcasting. Past Parker lecturers include FCC Commissioners Henry Rivera, Michael Copps, and Ervin Duggan and FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, as well as Paula Madison of NBC and TV One's Jonathan Rodgers.

“I am humbled by the recognition of the United Church of Christ for work that we are doing in the arena of media justice and media diversity,” stated Shelton. “The NAACP is working to ensure that all Americans, regardless of race, are included in all aspects of telecommunications and media. We look forward to working with the United Church of Christ and other coalition partners to continue this effort.”

Other honorees included Albert H. Kramer, founder of the Citizens Communications Center, who received the Everett C. Parker Award, and Malkia Amala Cyril, founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, who received the Donald H. McGannon Award.


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