The Paley Center for Media on Monday paid tribute to African-American achievements in television, honoring stars including producer Quincy Jones and actress Diahann Carroll, who made history with Julia by being the first African-American leading lady to play a character other than a maid on TV.
"We've come a long way and have a long way to go," Jones, who was recognized for his musical contributions to television, said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "And we will go."
BET was also honored in celebration of its 35th anniversary. CEO Debra Lee also called for additional efforts. "Diversity on TV matters," Lee said, as reported by the Times. "The fastest way to get to know another ethnic group or religion or people with different sexual orientations is to see them portrayed and represented on TV in a respectful and responsible way."
The celebration came a day before GLAAD released its annual Where We Are on TV report, which noted there is still a stark lack of diversity on television.