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Lesson Plan: "How Do Men Like You Become Great?"
The Early Years of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche

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Creator: Deidre Robinson, St. John Chrysostom School / Grade 8

Grade Level Recommendation: 4-8

Unit Overview: Dr. Ralph Bunche was an educator, scholar, leader, diplomat, and statesman. He spent his life studying race relations and aiding the struggle of oppressed people in the United States and abroad. In 1950, he became the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, yet he is unknown to most Americans. This unit explores who Bunche was and how he was able to accomplish so much during the height of Jim Crow laws and segregation in the United States.

This lesson plan was originally created at the UCLA Institute on Primary Resources.