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Bunche arriving at Los Angeles for convention where he received Spingarn Medal.
Bunche arrives for a meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), for which he served as a board member

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American Diplomat Ralph Bunche Died
December 9, 1971

Bunche earned graduate degrees in both government and international relations. In 1929, he established a department of political science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Between 1938 and 1940, Bunche collaborated on a monumental study of U.S. race relations, which presented the theory that "poverty breeds poverty." With World War II, Bunche worked for the War Department and the State Department. He played an important role in the early planning for the United Nations, the organization he served for the rest of his career, with some remarkable achievements.
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