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Photo of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Ralph Bunche at a reception 1958.
Ralph Bunche chats with the Prime Minister of Ghana as U.N. Official in 1958

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American Diplomat Ralph Bunche Died
December 9, 1971

When the chief United Nations mediator of the Palestine mission was suddenly assassinated in 1948, Ralph Bunche took over and successfully negotiated an end to the first Arab-Israeli War. His role in this 1949 truce won him the Nobel Peace Prize. He later oversaw U.N. peacekeeping missions to the Suez Canal, Congo, and Cyprus. He served as a board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 22 years. In the last decade of his life, he actively supported the civil rights movements, even marching in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, when he was 61 years old. All his life, Bunche was a man who negotiated for peace.
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