On 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, 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.