Florida activist honored for technology and social justice work

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Honig, a longtime civil rights activist and media advocate with deep ties to Florida, was honored for his dedication to ensuring that communities of color have equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from critical new media and telecom services.

150417_front04Honig, the co-founder and immediate past president of the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council (MMTC), received the National Urban League’s Civil Rights Partner Organization Champion Award last month. The award was for his “untiring work as a champion in fighting for justice and social change.”

“Thirty-five years ago, (National Urban League President) Marc Morial and I were at Georgetown’s law school together, and we co-chaired the Anti-Apartheid Committee. The common wisdom is that as you get older, you get more conservative and become less of an activist. Obviously that theory didn’t apply to Marc or me,” Honig said.

Decades of activism
Honig founded MMTC nearly 30 years ago in order to provide African-Americans, Latinos, and other historically marginalized communities with a strong voice on media and telecommunications issues.

MMTC achieved many victories, including FCC approval of the rule against racial discrimination in the placement of advertising. He also founded the nation’s only media and telecom brokerage focused on increasing non-White ownership of media properties, participating in nearly $2 billion in transactions.

Though Honig no longer manages the day-to-day affairs of MMTC, he remains the group’s senior legal counsel.

Florida connections
Honig has expanded his focus to encompass a range of emerging civil rights issues in the energy sector.

Through his longtime work with the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches, he’s has worked on a range of environmental issues, from toxic dumping in poor neighborhoods to pursuing claims of “environmentally racist” activities by utilities.

His new imitative, the Energy Equity Alliance, was launched to provide a voice for low-income and non-White energy consumers on national and state issues impacting energy affordability, environmental pollution, and energy industry diversity.

Experienced lawyer, writer
Honig received a B.A. degree in mathematics from Oberlin College in 1971 and an M.S. degree in Systems Analysis from the University of Rochester in 1974. He earned his law degree in 1983 from Georgetown University Law Center.

Since 1983, Honig has also been engaged in the private practice of communications and civil rights law, representing national organizations, broadcasters and broadcast applicants.

From 1975 to 1996, Honig taught at Howard University, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, and the University of Miami School of Law, respectively.

He’s published numerous articles and studies on international and domestic communications issues, group defamation, minority broadcast station ownership, and municipal services discrimination.

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