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Today in Black History – Ralph J Bunche First Black Awarded A Nobel Peace Prize

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Ralph Johnson Bunche (August 7, 1904-1971) was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Fred Bunche, was a barber in a shop having a clientele of whites only; his mother, Olive (Johnson) Bunche, was an amateur musician; his grandmother, «Nana» Johnson, who lived with the family, had been born into slavery. When Bunche was ten years old, the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the hope that the poor health of his parents would improve in the dry climate. Both, however, died two years later. His grandmother, an indomitable woman who appeared Caucasian «on the outside» but was «all black fervor inside»1, took Ralph and his two sisters to live in Los Angeles. Here Ralph contributed to the family’s hard pressed finances by selling newspapers, serving as house boy for a movie actor, working for a carpet-laying firm, and doing what odd jobs he could find.  From June of 1947 to August of 1949, Bunche worked on the most important assignment of his career – the confrontation between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. He was first appointed as assistant to the UN Special Committee on Palestine, then as principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission, which was charged with carrying out the partition approved by the UN General Assembly. In early 1948 when this plan was dropped and fighting between Arabs and Israelis became especially severe, the UN appointed Count Folke Bernadotte as mediator and Ralph Bunche as his chief aide. Four months later, on September 17, 1948, Count Bernadotte was assassinated, and Bunche was named acting UN mediator on Palestine. After eleven months of virtually ceaseless negotiating, Bunche obtained signatures on armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab States.

Bunche returned home to a hero’s welcome. New York gave him a «ticker tape» parade up Broadway; Los Angeles declared a «Ralph Bunche Day ». He was besieged with requests to lecture, was awarded the Spingarn Prize by the NAACP in 1949, was given over thirty honorary degrees in the next three years, and the Nobel Peace Prize for 1950.

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Today in Black History – Jackie Robinson Named National League “Rookie of the Year”

Today in Black History – Jackie Robinson Named National League “Rookie of the Year”

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Today in Black History – George Washington Carver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 1864 George Washington Carver, scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor, was born enslaved in Diamond, Missouri. Carver and his family were freed after slavery was abolished. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1894 and his Master of Science degree in 1896 from Iowa State Agricultural College where he was the first black student and later the first black faculty member. In 1896, he accepted the position to lead the Agricultural Department at Tuskegee University and remained there for 47 years. During that time, Carver devoted himself to the research and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, including peanuts and sweet potatoes. He also created approximately 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house. In 1923, Carver received the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Carver died January 5, 1943 and on his grave is written, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.   Read More here…

Today in Black History – Sidney Poitier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of the finest Black thespians to ever grace the silver screen, veteran actor, director and author Sidney Poitier has long cemented his place in the annals of film lore for his staggering list of achievements in the acting world. Long retired, the 85-year-old achieved one of the highest honors in his field 48 years ago today, becoming the first Black actor to win the coveted Academy Award (Oscar) For Best Actor in 1963.

Big Boi of Outkast and Jordon Launches Purple Ribbon Kids with Gabbie Rae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Boi and Jordan

Sunday June 5th 2011 was a memorable day for the Purple Ribbon Camp as well as their supporters. With over 300 attending the laucn party we all experience the hard work of Jordan and her father Big Boi of “Outkast” as they released their first artist Gabby Rae.

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May 27, 1936 Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr., stage, film, and television actor, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Gossett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1959. Gossett made his Broadway debut in 1953 in “Take a Giant Step” and his film debut in 1961 in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Other Broadway credits include “Golden Boy” (1964) and “Chicago” (2002). In 1977, Gossett won an Emmy Award for his performance in the television mini-series “Roots.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for his title role in “Sadat” in 1983. In 1982, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” making him the first African American male to win an Oscar in a supporting role and the second black male to win for acting. Other film roles include “Iron Eagle” (1986), “Legend of the Mummy” (1997), and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010). Gossett is an alumnus of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and continues to work with the organization.

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