A Legacy of Advocacy in Education: Four Key Efforts by the Curry School

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 00:00 -- mes3xg

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. addressed Curry School students on Wednesday as part of the annual Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)When Walter N. Ridley earned his doctorate from the Curry School of Education in 1953, he was the first African-American student to graduate from the University of Virginia. Ridley, who was already a distinguished educator, went on to become a champion for black education. He inspired generations of Curry graduates to become active advocates for their students, and every year, the school honors his legacy with the Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series. In the latest edition of the series on Wednesday afternoon, the school hosted U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. as its Ridley speaker. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and then a middle school principal – experiences that taught him the importance of preparing children for success as early as possible. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Katie McNally)