ON-Lion Letter
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2007 Bradley Prizes to honor outstanding achievement will be awarded to Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom.  Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University.  His wife Abigail is vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Both are senior fellows at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

The Thernstroms will be presented the award during a ceremony to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 3.  Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Harvard professor Martin S. Feldstein, and social scientist James Q. Wilson will also be honored.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

"The Bradley Foundation is honoring Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom for their unwavering commitment to equality," according to Michael W. Grebe, the Foundation's president and chief executive officer.  "Their research and their advocacy for equality of opportunity represent a much-needed voice of reason in American discourse."

Abigail Thernstrom received a Ph.D. from Harvard and was a member of the Massachusetts Board of Education for more than a decade until her term ended in November 2006.  Stephan Thernstrom also holds a Ph.D. from Harvard.  The Thernstroms co-authored the well-received books No Excuses:  Closing the Racial Gap in Learning and America in Black and White:  One Nation, Indivisible.  They are at work on a new book on segregation in America tentatively titled Don't Call It Segregation:  The Myth of American Apartheid.

The selection was based on nominations from more than 100 prominent individuals and chosen by a committee that included Thomas L. "Dusty" Rhodes, Grebe, Robert Bork, Pierre S. du Pont, Heather Mac Donald, Charles Krauthammer, Brother Bob Smith, George Will, and Dianne Sehler.

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions and we hope to encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields," Grebe said.
(Photo by Mark Morelli)
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