After being in the UN this month, I am choosing Ralph Bunche as the mascot of the month. You have probably never heard of him, unless you went to UCLA or Harvard. Not to be snobby at all, he just went to those schools and has a huge hall dedicated to him at UCLA (and served on the Harvard Board of Overseers for years).
Ralph Bunch was a black man born in 1903 with an amazing back story (read in Wikipeida for more). He was the first Black man to win a Nobel prize (for a peace plan implemented in Israel), in 1953. He served as under-secretary at the United Nations.
|Not to be stereotypical, but the only picture I could find of a young Mr. Bunche at UCLA>|
|Ralph Bunch and Chancellor Chuck (Charles Young) at the UCLA Building Dedication.|
|Bunche Hall at UCLA northern part of Campus|
|Ralph Bunche Hall Atrium - Almost all my Geography Classes were in this open atrium.|
After working at the UN and Harvard, he continued to work for people with Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights push in the United States. He actually liked in New York and, in 1959, was denied membership to the West Side Tennis Club because he was black, despite being a Nobel Prize winner and Presidential Advisor.
I never got the chance to meet him, he passed away in 1971, but my education was uniquely tied up in his legacy and I admire him. He is the mascot of August.
|The tower of peace. I took the picture of the UN from the top of the stairs. There is still construction now so my picture didn't come out any better.|