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Williams honored as 2017 recipient of the Bradley Prize

March 8, 2017   /   by Kristin Leonato

Portrait of Walter Williams


Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, is one of this year’s winners of the distinguished Bradley Prize.

The Bradley Prizes recognize “individuals of extraordinary talent and determination who have made contributions of excellence” in areas consistent with the mission of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

“Walter Williams is uniquely inspiring in the way he communicates economics,” said Dan Houser, chair of the Department of Economics. “Indeed, generations of faculty, staff and students at Mason have benefited from his wisdom, warmth and generosity. We are thrilled that he has received this well-deserved recognition of his extraordinary talent and dedication.”

A long-time faculty member, Williams is a prolific scholar; he has written 10 books and has contributed to more than 150 academic journals. He is also known for his syndicated weekly columns and is a frequent contributor to national news and radio programs as a recognized expert in labor economics and the economics of discrimination.

“Walter E. Williams, a tireless defender of personal liberty, economic freedom and limited government, speaks the truth even at personal cost,” said Richard Graber, the president and CEO of the Bradley Foundation. “Williams is a formidable advocate for economic liberty and individual rights.”

The Bradley Foundation is the philanthropic legacy of two entrepreneurial brothers who credited their financial success to the “traditions of free representative government and private enterprise that have allowed America to flourish.”

The prize includes a $250,000 stipend. This year’s four recipients will be recognized at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s 13th Annual Award Gala Ceremony on April 6 in Washington, D.C.