Dr. Ralph Bunche became the first African American Desk Officer at the State Department during World War II. He helped form the United Nations in 1945, and in 1948, he mediated the hostile Arab-Israeli conflict that led to his Nobel Prize. (Above) Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (far right) greets Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (left) and Coretta Scott King (center).
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Dr. Ralph J. Bunche earned the moniker “a hero of U.S. Diplomacy,” in part for efforts that led to his becoming the first African American to win the Noble Peace Prize.