Short Biography: Ralph Johnson Bunche

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Ralph Bunche Ralph Johnson Bunche was born August 7, 1904 in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Fred, and mother, Olive, worked very hard to provide for their family. Bunche and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was ten years old in hope that his parents’ deteriorating health would improve. However, his parents died soon after. He then moved with his grandmother and two sisters to Los Angeles. Bunche was forced to take on several odd-jobs to help shoulder some of the family’s financial burden. His intellect was apparent at a young age. In elementary school, he received awards in history and English, and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class. Bunche was also a star debater and athlete in high school. He was

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