Aug. 7, 2019
August 4, 1904 Ralph Johnson Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
115 years ago Ralph Bunche was born. When one mentions the Nobel Peace Prize and the first African Americans of distinction to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. You automatically refer the name Martin Luther King Jr. whose stately monument sits majestically on the National Mall. Yet the very first African American to win that cherished honor was, in fact, Ralph Bunche who delivered impeccable diplomatic work trying to achieve peace in the Middle East.
"To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up."
Today, I will read his Ralph Bunche's acceptance when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. This historic accomplishment should never be discounted even though peace in the Middle East has still not yet been achieved. At least it was a brother who sought to bring an end to the violence.