Concordia welcomes back its first African American graduates

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On February 24, 2022, two historical graduates of Concordia Lutheran High School, Peggy Greer Calloway, CLHS Class of 1954, and Richard Ridley Jr., CLHS Class of 1956, will address a student assembly as part of the school’s Black History Month celebrations.

“We are honored to have these esteemed alumni back at Concordia to share their experiences with our students,” said Jacob Pennekamp, Concordia Lutheran High School Head of School. “The impact that they have had on the school and in their communities is a true testament to the Christ-centered educational excellence we strive to provide to all of our students.”

During the student assembly, Ms. Calloway and Mr. Ridley will discuss their Concordia years and experiences, as well as what a Concordia education meant in their professional careers. Students will also be able to ask questions and interact with the two trailblazers during the day.  

That day, Ms. Calloway and Mr. Ridley will meet the CLHS students who have applied for the  B.L.A.S.T. scholarship, named in honor of Calloway and Ridley. The Black Lutheran Alumni Scholarship Team created the scholarship for a graduating African American student who has been accepted to a college or university.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at