Ralph J. Bunche


Knowledge of Ralph Bunche's Pioneering work on African American conceptions of the world has been largely confined to specialists in political science and history. Writing in 1940, Bunche and his staff prepared four, detailed memoranda on black American organizations and ideologies for the monumental Carnegie-Myrdal study, An American Dilemma. True to design, this larger work succeeded in framing discussions on "race relations" within and without academia for the subsequent two decades. (And is still occasionally employed today as a primary text by professors who have read little else since that time!)