Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche

RALPH BUNCHE d1971. American political scientist, diplomat and leading actor in the mid-20th-century decolonization process and US civil rights movement who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. The first African American and first person of African descent to be awarded a Nobel Prize. He was involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations and played a major role in both the decolonization process and numerous peacekeeping operations sponsored by the UN. In 1963, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by John F Kennedy.  At the UN, he gained such fame that Ebony magazine proclaimed him "perhaps the most influential African American of the first half of the 20th century". He died in New York aged 68 on December 9th 1971 

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Ralph Bunche

Reference Number. 14014N


An original vintage 1969 typed letter on United Nations headed paper WITH index card, both pieces clearly signed in ink by Ralph Bunche

INCLUDES original mailing envelope

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