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PRESIDENT RIDLEY GIVES OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF
THE NEW QUEEN, MISS BESSIE CARR, 1965^6.
PRESIDENT RIDLEY AND STUDENT COUNCIL PREXY, VERNON PERRY, GREET NEW
STUDENT, ANGELICA MOLINA - 1965.
DR. RIDLEY ACCEPTS DA
“First I believe in the triumph of truth. Truth will prevail. Second, I believe in the essent-
tial and undeniable dignity of every human personolity. I believe that every person demands
respect and regard because he is created in the image of his Maker; and he should have a
chance to develop to the maximum of his capacity. Thirdly, I believe in democracy and demo
cratic processes. These processes, based on our Judo-Christian ethic, have withstood and, I
believe, will withstand, the tests of time and of trial and of oil tribulation. It may seem ot
times as if what is right and what is good and what is true is covered by prejudice and dis-
, criminations, and war and pestilence, but the history of mankind has shown us that in every
n age the human race has been fre’er than in the age before. I believe that no force can turn
* back the direction and tide of history. Fourth, I believe in human perfectability of that every
person has the possibility of learning to do good. Often we are inclined to believe that there
is no good in some people who, because of their reactions to immediate circumstances, moke
wrong choices. But I believe in the educative process, and that if individuals are well taught
in an environment which allows for human dignity and for tranquility of spirit, they can devel
op into contributing members of society. Fifth, I believe that there is a power higher than we
which power directs our ends, in ways not always clear to us, but I believe that God has pur
poses which are being achieved through us, as imperfect as we are.
On these beliefs I take my stand. In these beliefs my personality is anchored. With these
beliefs I pledge to the Board of Trustees, to the students, to the faculty and staff, to the
alumni, to the State of North Carolina and to generations of students at Elizabeth City State
Teachers College, some of whom may not yet have seen the light of day, that I will do all
that is within my power to promote the common .welfare of the people of the State of North
Carolina, and to assure in this institution the kind of program in which we can all believe
and which we can all support.”
Excerpt from Dr. Ridley’s Inaugural Address
April 26, 1959
DR. RIDLEY CONFERS WITH DR.
WILLIAMS AND DR. TRENHOLM,
LATE PRESIDENT OF ALABAMA
LEFT TO RIGHT: MRS. ALMA NEWBY, MR. TAYLOR JONES, DEAN LYONS, MRS. RID- .... A LIBRARY TO INSPECT
LEY, DR. RIDLEY, YOLANDA RIDLEY.
DR, & MRS. RIDLEY CONVERSE WITH DR. H. TRIGG AND MR. OTHA JONES. DR. & MRS. RIDLEY TALK WITH GOVERNOR TERRY SAN
FORD & ISAAC BATTLE.