The Ralph Johnson Bunche Centenary
will be observed nationally and worldwide in 2003, according to
a committee established in New York recently to encourage and oversee
Two former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. Bush, and
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are honorary co-chairs of
the Ralph Bunche Centenary Commemoration with two renowned Bunche
scholars Dr. Benjamin Rivlin and Sir Brian Uquhart, and Ambassador
Terence Todman spearheading the effort.
Studies, honors, symposia, curriculum enrichment, and public programs
are being developed in the US and in foreign countries to celebrate
the life and work of the former Howard University political science
professor who became an international civil servant and the first
person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Bunche, at the
time Undersecretary General of the United Nations, was awarded the
prize in 1950 for his mediation in the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Howard University, which has named its international affairs center
in honor of Dr. Bunche, is represented on the planning committee
by Ambassador Horace G. Dawson Jr., director of the Bunche center.
Two members of the National Ralph J. Bunche Centernary
Committee meet at the Bunche Center with the
Washington, D.C., committee. They are Dr. David
Rivlin (left); and Ambassador Terence Todman (right).
Dr. Badi Foster (center) of the Phelps Stokes Fund is a
member of the Washington, D.C., committee. In the
background are US Ambassadors Ronald Palmer,
George Moose, and John E. Reinhardt.
Other members of the committee include Mr. Kwame Appiah, Ms. Joan
Bunche, Dr. Herschelle Challenor, Mr. James Dandridge, Dr. Lawrence
Finklestein, Mr. William Greaves, Dr. Charles Henry, Mr. Wally NDow,
Ms. Nancy Okada, Ambassador Terence Todman, Dr. Scott Waugh, Dr.
Ron Walters, and Dr. Thomas Weiss.
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