Ralph Bunche

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Ralph Bunche, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1951

Ralph Johnson Bunche (1904-08-071971-12-09) was an American political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in Palestine in the late 1940s, which led to an armistice agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians in the region. He was the first African-American to be so honored in the history of the Prize.


  • There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders.
  • And so class will some day supplant race in world affairs. Race war will then be merely a side-show to the gigantic class war which will be waged in the big tent we call the world.
  • We can never have too much preparation and training. We must be a strong competitor. We must adhere staunchly to the basic principle that anything less than full equality is not enough. If we compromise on that principle our soul is dead.
  • If you want to get an idea across, wrap it up in a person.
  • Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.

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