Next week, MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan, along with MMTC Co-Founder and President Emeritus David Honig, will be honored at separate events for their lifetimes of advocacy in the nexus of civil rights and the law.
On March 18th, Lawyers of Color will induct Keenan into its fourth annual Power List, which recognizes the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority legal diversity advocates. That same night, the National Urban League will present Honig with its second annual Civil Rights Partner Organization Champion Award for his “untiring work as a champion in fighting for justice and social change.”
Both are more than deserving of their recognition.
Prior to taking the helm at MMTC, Keenan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world. Keenan has also served as principal of her own law firm and served in the litigation practices of two nationally recognized law firms for nearly two decades. After law school, she served as the law clerk to Hon. John Garrett Penn in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a past president of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and the 60,000-member National Bar Association, the largest network of African American lawyers, judges, and law students in the country. In addition to her work with MMTC, Keenan currently serves on the Senior Adjunct Faculty of the George Washington University Law Center, the National Trial College for the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Law Preparatory Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Honig co-founded MMTC in 1986 and has spent years advocating for social justice on behalf of diverse communities, both in and out of the organization. Among its many achievements under his tenure, MMTC secured unanimous FCC approval of the rule against racial discrimination in the placement of advertising after 24 years of advocacy, saving minority broadcasters $200 million per year that they earned but could never collect; founded the nation’s only minority-focused media and telecom brokerage, participating in $2 billion in transactions amounting to one-third of all the sales of broadcast assets to minority broadcasters; worked with the National Urban League to facilitate a $287 billion spectrum transaction between Verizon and Grain Management, the largest minority spectrum deal in U.S. history; and virtually invented the practice of modern civil rights law before the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to his work with MMTC, Honig serves pro bono as chief counsel and Chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the Florida State Conference of Branches of the NAACP.
Keenan and Honig have both been recognized in the past for their work and advocacy.
Keenan, a top litigator and civil rights attorney, has received numerous awards from organizations such as the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP, and the American Bar Association. She was recently honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and is recognized as a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine. Keenan is a nationally recognized speaker and lecturer on various legal topics and has been a commentator on Fox News, CNN, C-Span, and TV One’s News One Now.
The National Law Journal has named Honig one of the thirty most influential communications lawyers. He has received the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award, the National Association of Minorities in Communications’ Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, the International Black Broadcasters Association’s Visionary Award, and the National Association of Minority Media Executives’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kim Keenan and David Honig are exceptional representatives of strong leadership and advocacy in civil rights and social justice within and outside of the media and telecommunications landscape. MMTC is proud of our history of such extraordinary leadership, and we are delighted that they are being recognized and honored by other esteemed organizations.
The Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council (MMTC, formerly Minority Media and Telecommunications Council) 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.