African Americans on Postage Stamps

Ralph Bunche

Prominent Diplomat

20-cent Ralph Bunche stamp
The Ralph Bunche stamp was issued on January 12, 1982.

While working as a diplomat for the newly created United Nations, Ralph Bunche conducted the seemingly impossible negotiations resulting in the 1949 armistice between the year-old nation of Israel and its Arab neighbors. His efforts demonstrated that nations can resolve issues peaceably and also that the United Nations can serve as an effective facilitator among nations. For this exemplary accomplishment, Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.

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