Dec. 10, 1950: First African American is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1468721_10202615562620078_1035473968_n-1On this day in 1950, Ralph J. Bunche, who was baptized at Second Baptist Church, earns the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to negotiate a peace settlement between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. The United Nations official and diplomat is the first African-American to receive the honor.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.

  • Amber Monique

    You spelled his name wrong in the first paragraph…you have “Ralph Bunke” and it is Bunche

  • where I grew up in Flint there was an elementary school named after him. Now I know why.