On April 13, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the 2022 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Citizen Leadership, and Law. This year’s awardees are, respectively: Kenneth Frampton, Sherrie Rollins Westin, Stephen Breyer.
Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years old when he wrote those immortal words, now among the most famous in the English language. And those were radical words in 1776. For a nation to justify its existence and governance on the premise of universal rights was new. But there were flaws in that promise of liberty that haunt us to this day.