Walter N. Ridley

Several public broadcasting stations in Virginia aired the documentary Ridley in February as part of Black History Month.

The film, also distributed for broadcast in Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and other cities, details the achievements of Walter N. Ridley. He became the University’s first black graduate when he received his doctorate in education in 1953.

Ridley’s accomplishment opened the door for the 11,000 black students who have followed in his footsteps and inspired the formation of the Ridley Foundation, the first scholarship board in the nation initiated and funded by black alumni.