● Ralph Bunche:
Political scientist, academic, and diplomat Ralph Johnson Bunche was born August 7, 1904 in Detroit, Michigan. Bunche was then raised in Los Angeles where he also studied undergrad at UCLA, where years later the school named a hall after him and erected a monument to honor his legacy. For graduate school, he studied at both Harvard and Howard University where he earned degrees in political science. Bunche is known to be involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations, playing a key role in several peacekeeping operations. In 1950 he became the first Black person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in settling the Arab-Israeli conflict in Palestine. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Bunche died December 9, 1971 due to complications with his health, leaving a rich legacy and family behind.