“Dr. Ralph Bunche was a man of many firsts. He was the first African-American to:
Be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize
Serve as a desk officer at the State Department
In addition, Bunche was a part of America’s most important intelligence first: The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) — the predecessor of today’s CIA. During World War II, Bunche worked with the OSS to provide intelligence about developments in African territories.”–cia.gov
Dr. Ralph Bunche was born today, August 7th, in 1903.
“Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971), an African American scholar, educator, Africanist, and diplomat, achieved national and international prominence in 1949 after negotiating armistice agreements between Israel and 4 Arab states, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. A political scientist, professor and diplomat, Bunche advocated the peaceful resolution of conflict and championed the cause of justice and equality for all people regardless of race or economic status and played a major role in decolonizing much of the colonial world. Bunche was appointed Undersecretary-General for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, the highest post ever held by an American in the world organization.”-pbs.org