After heading the Howard University Political Science Department, he worked for the federal government in different capacities including the State Department. In 1946, Bunche went to the United Nations and served as its mediator on Palestine. After negotiating the 1948 armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab states, he returned home to receive a ticket-tape parade on Broadway. In 1950, he received the Nobel Peace Prize, the first African American to get the award.
Bunche took part in the Civil Rights Movement for decades. He served on the NAACP board of directors, and participated in the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity,” he said. “We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.”
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