Dee Davis receives award for media advocacy

Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies, has received a national media-justice award for his work on behalf of rural and marginalized communities.

The Everett C. Parker Award is presented annually by the United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc.  The Office of Communication has been a pioneer in the field of media justice and civil rights.

The award is named in honor of the founder of the UCC Office of Communication. Parker was among the first advocates to approach media policy as a civil rights issue. He died in 2015 at the age of 102.

Also honored at the award ceremony October 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C., was Mignon Clyburn, a member of the Federal Communications Commission.  Commissioner Clyburn spoke at the

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The awards were presented at the 34th Annual Everett C. Parker Lecture. The speaker was be the Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ minister who was part of the pastoral presence in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.