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Fri, 09.22.1950

First Black receives Nobel Peace Prize

*On this date in 1950, Ralph Bunche received the Nobel Prize. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for his successful mediation of a series of armistice agreements between the (then) new nation of Israel and four Arab neighbors, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

It was the first, and one of the  few times that all the parties to the Middle East conflict signed armistice agreements with Israel.  In being awarded the Peace Prize, Bunche became the first Black and the first non-white in the world to be so honored.

At the time of the presentation he was Professor Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., a Director of the UN Division of Trusteeship, and Acting Mediator in Palestine.

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