Ralph Bunche is appointed the UN mediator in Palestine.
1948 (Sep 13)
Black political scientist Ralph J. Bunche was confirmed by the United Nations Security Council as temporary UN mediator in Palestine. Bunche was born in a Detroit ghetto and reared by relatives in Los Angeles after his parents' deaths. He was educated at the University of California and at Harvard University. Bunche began a career as a teacher at Howard University. He began to identify with civil rights programs and became a staunch supporter of the NAACP. After receiving the 1951 Nobel Peace Prize, Bunche was elected president of the American Political Science Association and made a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University.