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Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other? Charles Henry

Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other?

Charles Henry

Published February 1st 2005
ISBN : 9780814735831
Paperback
298 pages
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Activist, international statesman, reluctant black leader, scholar, icon, father and husband, Ralph Bunche is one of the most complicated and fascinating figures in the history of twentieth- century America. Bunche played a central role in shapingMoreActivist, international statesman, reluctant black leader, scholar, icon, father and husband, Ralph Bunche is one of the most complicated and fascinating figures in the history of twentieth- century America. Bunche played a central role in shaping international relations from the 1940s through the 1960s, first as chief of the Africa section of the Office of Strategic Services and then as part of the State Department group working to establish the United Nations. After moving to the U.N. as Director of Trusteeship, he became the first black Nobel Laureate in 1950 and was subsequently named Undersecretary of the U.N.For nearly a decade, he was the most celebrated contemporary African American both domestically and abroad. Today he is virtually forgotten.Charles Henrys penetrating biography counters this historical tragedy, recapturing the essence of Bunche s service to America and the world. Moreover, Henry ably demonstrates how Bunches rise and fall as a public symbol tells us as much about America as it does about Bunche. His iconic status, like that of other prominent, mainstream black figures like Colin Powell, required a constant struggle over the relative importance of his racial identity and his national identity. Henrys biography shines as both the recovered story of a classic American, and as a case study in the racial politics of public service.