Everett C. Parker, Telecommunications Pioneer, Turns 99

by mmtcbbsj on January 19, 2012

This week, Dr. Everett C. 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, celebrated his 99th birthday. Dr. Parker has lived through every era our nation has endured in the last century, including the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and our current transition into a digital society. Through it all, Dr. Parker has remained a champion of civil rights and played a leading role in the development of public interest of American television.

Dr. Parker, MMTC is proud and humbled to call you a friend and stalwart member of our Board of Directors. The work you have achieved in your life is nothing short of phenomenal. You have single-handedly turned the tide of an entire nation’s future.

In our gratitude, we have several personal birthday wishes from MMTC friends and family. On behalf of all of us at MMTC and Broadband and Social Justice, thank you for your lifetime of service.

Marcella Gadson
Director of Communications

“Everett, happy birthday and many happy returns of the day. What a milestone! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. All the best, my friend and colleague of lo these many years now!”

Warmest Regards,
Henry Rivera
Chair Emeritus

Everett – I’m not going to make you read through all the stories of the civil rights work we did together. And if I wrote down everything you’ve taught me since our paths connected in 1972, it would fill an Encyclopedia.

I will tell you this, my mentor and lifelong friend – I hope someday, when I grow up, I’ll turn out just like you.

David Honig

“Happy Birthday to my dear friend and fellow MMTC Board member Everett Parker, born January 17, 1913. Not many of us will ever reach our 99th birthday. Even fewer will have the generational impact upon vital and complex communications policy discussions which Everett has had – and continues to have. But most importantly he also translated thoughts into action; strategically, energetically, and effectively. Thank you for your years of public service; most often for the poor, the voiceless, and the forgotten.

Happy Birthday, Everett, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with you at the FCC and beyond!”

Deborah Taylor Tate
ITU Special Envoy and Laureate for Child Online Protection
U.S. Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (Ret.)

“Happy birthday, Everett – We at MMTC have big shoes to fill as we continue to carry the social justice baton in your name and honor. Thank you for having the courage to be a leader in media reform and, in particular, to advocate to improve opportunities for minorities and women in broadcasting – I hope you are happy to see that your efforts have expanded to the next generation of new media, and I am glad that you are able to participate. I have enjoyed serving on the MMTC board with you, and I thank you for being a constant reminder that the struggle continues, and that we should not get weary.”

Maurita Coley
Executive Director

“Whenever I think about justice in the media industry, there are always a few people that come to mind, including Dr. Everett C. Parker. I learned about Dr. Parker and his fight for media equality as a student in the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media (a foundation he helped organize) close to 5 years ago. I realized that without his efforts, I and a lot of other minorities working in the media and telecom industry may not have had the chance to do so. Three years ago, I had the chance to meet Dr. Parker in New York at the annual EBF conference, and tell him thank you.

Now, I would like to take this time to wish Dr. Parker a very happy 99th birthday! And thank you again for all that you have done to help people like me work in the media industry!”

Tiffany K. Bain
Research Associate
Emma L. Bowen Alumna

“Dr. Parker, thank you for your endless work with MMTC. You have been a stalwart champion for civil rights for many decades, so on your 99th birthday I would like to thank you for your graciousness and willingness to help others. Enjoy your birthday so much that it becomes memorable for your lifetime and keep smiling. Happy birthday to you, Dr. Parker, and many more!”

Latoya Livingston, Esq.
Earle K. Moore Fellow

  • Hing51

    99 years old! Keep it up Mr. Parker! Thanks for everything you’ve done!

  • Lucille Tayama

    On behalf of the memory of Earle K. and Kathy Moore, your presence in their life on a professional and personal had an everlasting impact.  May you continue to bring out the best in everyone by your presence.
    Janis Weiss Peck & Lucille Tayama (trustees for the Earle K. & Katherine Moore Foundation)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kit.wilke Kit Wilke

    now, you reached 100 congratulations. You were a great transformer of media in the South.

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