In 1950, UCLA was a young university - even younger than that year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Ralph Bunche. Bunche, a political science major, put himself through school with an athletic scholarship and a janitorial job. Graduating summa cum laude in 1927, he became a respected international statesman.
Bunche received the Peace Prize for his leadership role in negotiating the landmark armistice agreements between Israel and Arab states in 1949. The agreements officially ended the Arab-Israeli War of 1948.
Read UCLA marks anniversary of Ralph J. Bunche receiving Nobel Peace Prize in the UCLA Newsroom