Ralph Bunche was born in Detroit on August 7, 1904.

He would become a star basketball player, summa cum laude graduate, and class valedictorian at U.C.L.A. in the 1920s, a Nobel Prize winner in 1950, and the United Nations under-secretary general in 1968.

Ralph Bunche, basketball star

He lectured at Howard University while working towards his doctoral degree at Harvard, which he received in 1934.

Bunche died in 1971.

(Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.)