The Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series


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.

The 2019 Walter N. Ridley Lecture

Forber-Pratt_IMG_0027-web[4].jpgDream. Drive. Do.: My Story & Research about Disability Identity, Perceptions of Disability, and Empowerment

by Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, April 16th
3:30p.m.
Bavaro Hall's Holloway Hall
University of Virginia

Dr. Forber-Pratt will share elements of her unique story as a wheelchair user, two-time Paralympian and an adopted woman of color.  In her work, she centers disability as an aspect of diversity.  She will share insights from her research related to disability identity development. Disability identity can be described as a sense of self that includes one’s disability and feelings of connection to, or solidarity with, the disability community. Forber-Pratt is also interested in other people’s perceptions of disability and will share insights from other ongoing research studies. 

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

RSVP at tinyurl.com/ridley19.

Sponsored by the Curry School of Education & Human Development, the Ridley Scholarship Fund, the UVA Disability Advocacy and Action Committee, the UVA Disability Studies Initiative, the UVA School of Nursing, the UVA Women's Center, and the UVA Office for Diversity and Equity.

 

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.