Jesse Jackson Urges More Minorities to Get Involved in Communications Ownership

The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson stood before an audience of policy makers, communication industrialists, and supporters this week to address the need for minority ownership in today's media and telecommunication industry.

"We need access to communication. Whoever has access to our eyes and ears has control," said Jackson.
The "2014 Telecommunication Agenda" luncheon was part of the annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund symposium. Partnered with the Public Policy Institute and Media and Telecom project, the theme this year focused on "The Future of Media" as well as the overwhelming need for and lack of minority ownership in telecommunications. 

Inside the Capital Hilton Hotel in Northwest Washington D.C., Jackson spoke openly about the current lack of minority representation and control in the media. 

"There has been a massive backlash against civil rights in the news. All that we have fought for is under attack," said Jackson. "We have no fundamental rights to vote. We only have state rights and states are trying to take that away." 

Jackson said it is imperative for minorities to control the media that reflects their image in the news. 

"The media controls the mind," he said. "We've gone from picking cotton balls to picking up footballs and basketballs. Jobs are leaving and drugs are coming. This is not our share of ownership."

Jackson was joined by a panel of media and communication specialists including James Winston, President and CEO of National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters Inc.; Erin Dozier, Senior Vice President of the National Association of Broadcasters; David Honig, Co-Founder and President of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; Chanelle Hardy, Executive Director of the National Urban League; and Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission.

Thanking the audience for their gracious applause and standing ovation, Clyburn took her place at the podium to deliver the luncheon's keynote speech. Aptly referred to as "the people's commissioner," Clyburn has gained rapid recognition for her productive efforts as acting chair. 

Source: | Ariel Medley
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