Emma L. Bowen

Emma L. Bowen was concerned about the negative and distorted images of people of color in the media and their potential impact on the next generation of diverse leaders. She took on these challenges by joining with a group of community activists to form Black Citizens for a Fair Media (BCFM). BCFM went directly to media executives at major television networks, New York City-based flagship television stations, and major station groups to promote diverse hiring and training, create community affairs positions to better relationships between the media and local communities, and improve the images of people of color on television. As BCFM reached its goal of igniting change in media hiring and producing, Emma Bowen turned to the future of the industry by founding the Emma Bowen Foundation. She continued to be an advocate for equality in the media and opportunity for young people of color until her death in 1996.


Rev. Dr. Everett Parker

Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker advocated for racial equality on American television from his powerful position as director of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ from 1954 until 1983. He led the Church’s public media activities and by the end of his career was named one of the most influential men in broadcasting by Broadcasting Magazine. Dr. Parker used this platform to fight for citizen’s rights and media reform, including better representation for people of color on the air. In his later years, Dr. Parker turned his attention to issues of employment and opportunity in the media industry. He began working with Emma Bowen, Dan Burke, and other leaders to form the Emma Bowen Foundation and provide a clear path for young people of color to join the media industry. He remained a member of the Foundation’s board well into his 90s, and a supporter of the Emma Bowen Foundation until his death in 2015.


Dan Burke

Dan Burke helped to shape the broadcasting industry while always keeping in mind the importance of media in shaping the world. As President & CEO of Capital Cities/ABC, Dan Burke relied on the same principles that he did as a committed family man – directness, integrity, and involvement in the community. In an effort to make media a place of equal opportunity and representation for all, he contributed the seed money that made the Emma Bowen Foundation into a reality. Dan Burke remained a supporter of the Emma Bowen Foundation through his retirement from Capital Cities/ABC in 1994 through his death in 2011. His legacy of leadership in the industry and commitment to diversity in media is carried on by his son, Steve Burke, President & CEO of NBC Universal/Executive Vice President of Comcast, whose company is a leading partner of the Emma Bowen Foundation.

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