Everett Parker, American civil rights activist, died at 102

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ytresdrtfyuiyEverett Carlton Parker, born on January 17, 1913 and died September 17, 2015, he was an American media activist and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Parker attended the University of Chicago.

Upon graduation in 1935, he spent a year with the Works Progress Administration, then another with the radio station WJBW.

After returning to his hometown for a job as an advertiser, Parker enrolled at the Chicago Theological Seminary, earning a Ph.D in 1943.

Everett reentered the media world with a stint at NBC in New York, then taught at Yale Divinity School from 1945 to 1957.

He was the Director of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ from 1954 to 1983.

He filed a successful petition to deny licensing renewal of television station WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.

The station had a poor record with regards to civil rights for African Americans.

Parker died on September 17, 2015 at age 102.

 


 

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