Today in Michigan History

August 7, 1904

Ralph Bunche was born in Detroit.

The son of a Detroit barber, Ralph attended UCLA and Harvard. After years of government service, Bunche helped draft the United Nations Charter. In 1950, he was the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a ceasefire among warring nations in the Middle East.

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