Panelists smile and laugh at table

Honoring Dr. Ralph J. Bunche as a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy

1:00 PM

In Person

On February 27, 2020, the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute hosted a “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy” panel at NMAD to honor Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, a pioneering African American diplomat who shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the twentieth century.

NMAD Director Mark Kane opened the program by welcoming guests and thanking the Una Chapman Cox Foundation for making the “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy” series possible. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield moderated a panel featuring Dr. Bunche’s grandson, Ralph J. Bunche III, UCLA Professor Dr. Kal Raustiala, and Howard University Professor Dr. Ravi Perry.

Learn more about the pioneering diplomat in the NMAD story, A Hero of U.S. Diplomacy: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971).

The “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy” initiative highlights the stories of heroic figures in diplomacy from the Department’s rich history. For more information about the initiative, email or visit