At the same time, her retirement was quite the second act. Mrs. Ridley celebrated her 100th birthday in China!
Mrs. Ridley may also have been present at a noteworthy event in Rochester history. In January 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King spent the evening at the home of Dr. Charles T. Lunsford after having given a talk at the Colgate Divinity School.A couple of years ago, Charles Price, who in 1948 became the first African-American police officer in Rochester, showed me a picture he took of King, Lunsford and company. (Incidentally, 1948 was the same year Mrs. Ridley began teaching in Rochester.)
While Charles’ memory is keen, he said it was possible–but could not recall for certain–that Mrs. Ridley was in the photo. Maybe # 6. There is a definite resemblance. She may also have been among the guests who did not appear in the photo.
On a less bright note, having retired in 1973, Mrs. Ridley also lived through 1971, the RCSD’s most tumultuous year when mandatory busing failed.
Whether or not Mrs. Ridley was there at the Lunsford’s home, she had quite a life full of good works.