Ralph Bunche: the genius and character of a pragmatic humanist

Ralph Bunche was a great American, whose character and accomplishments are all too often overlooked but worthy of study. Seldom is it remembered, even during Black History Month, that Ralph Johnson Bunche stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960’s civil (human) rights marches in the North and South. Nor is it much remembered that Bunche was the first black-American (and eleventh American) to win the Nobel peace Prize, or that he won it in 1950 over 28 nominees that included Harry S. Truman, George Marshall, Winston Churchill and Jawaharlal Nehru.