2014 Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Lecture

Walter Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the Curry School.  This series has been created to honor his legacy at the University and his contributions to the field of education.

Silent No More: Black Deaf People as an Unseen Cultural and Linguistic Minority

by Joseph Hill
Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m.
Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall


Admission is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.

Sponsored by the Curry School of Education and the Ridley Scholarship Fund.


University of Virginia's First Black Graduate: Dr. Walter N. Ridley

Dr. Walter N. Ridley, a native Virginian and a respected, accomplished academic at one of Virginia's oldest public institutions of higher education (Virginia State College, Petersburg), was admitted to UVa three years before the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which ordered desegregation of public schools. He became the University's first black graduate in June 1953, and the nation's first African-American to receive a doctorate degree from a white southern university. Throughout his life, Dr. Ridley was committed to the education of black college students and making a positive impact on society.