On December 10, 2014, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council celebrated the retirement of esteemed Co-Founder and President Emeritus David Honig and welcomed new President/CEO Kim Keenan with a “Passing the Baton” Reception held at Squire Patton Boggs. The reception drew over 160 guests, who helped MMTC celebrate its new leadership and honor its legacy.
During the reception, MMTC Board Chair Julia Johnson acknowledged the many esteemed accomplishments Honig achieved over the past 28 years, during which he represented over 70 minority, civil rights, and religious national organizations in selected proceedings before the FCC. Johnson hailed Honig as “one of the most influential communications lawyers of our time who truly cares about closing the digital divide.”
Johnson also introduced and welcomed Keenan, who previously served as General Counsel of the NAACP, President of the DC Bar Association, and President of the National Bar Association and was a top flight litigator for many years. As Honig handed the baton off to Keenan, he stated, “Kim is carrying the baton over the finish line, but I will be helping her until I fully retire. Please continue to support MMTC and the great work we are doing.” To the amusement and applause of attendees, Honig and Keenan then ran with the baton together. At the conclusion of the reception, MMTC staff and attendees surprised Honig with a cake to celebrate his recent 65th birthday.
MMTC would like to thank everyone who attended the reception; notable attendees included Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; reception hosts Former Secretary of Transportation Hon. Rodney Slater, Monica Desai and Hannibal Kemmerer, all of Squire Patton Boggs; NTIA Director of Minority Telecommunications Maureen Lewis, Congressman Emeritus Hon. Cliff Stearns, and former President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Ralph Everett.
MMTC board members and advisors in attendance included Charles Firestone, Ari Fitzgerald, Russell Frisby, Ron Johnson, Erwin Krasnow, Fernando Laguarda, Deborah Lathen, Francisco Montero, Andrew Schwartzman, S. Jenell Trigg, and Linda Vilardo. MMTC alumni at the event included DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Tech and Innovation Analyst Joycelyn James, WashingTECH Founder and CEO Joe Miller, and telecom and technology policy advisor and radio host Joycelyn Tate.
MMTC would also like to extend a special thank you to our Host Committee: Squire Patton Boggs, MMTC Chair Emeritus Hon. Henry Rivera, Former Ambassador to the European Union Hon. William E. Kennard, Troutman Sanders Partner Sharie Brown, Asian American Broadcasting, Grain Management, Radio One, Worldband Media, REVOLT TV, ZGS Communications, Council Tree Investors, Roberts Communications Group, and Kim Hulsey of Scripps Networks. In addition, MMTC would like to thank our legal extern, Maria Lesinski, who will be returning to Syracuse University College of Law for the spring semester.
Don’t forget to join us for our 6th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit: “Our Future in Pursuit of Multicultural Digital Equality” on January 21-22, 2015, at the Westin Georgetown Hotel. The Summit will include a roast of David Honig, so you don’t want to miss it!
The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.