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By Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph Bunche, who got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, traveled to South Africa for 3 months in 1937. His notes, that have been skillfully compiled and annotated through historian Robert R. Edgar, offer precise insights on a segregated society.

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Herskovits saw himself as a mentor to younger black scholars. He had high regard for Howard scholars like Harris, Bunche, and Brown because they downplayed the importance of race and analyzed situations in cooler, less passionate terms. "37 In Bunche, Herskovits saw an individual who could emotionally distance himself from a racially charged environment in carrying out fieldwork. "38 The correspondence that flowed between Bunche and Herskovits in the 1930s confirms that Bunche regarded Herskovits as a confidant with whom he could candidly share his feelings.

Mamre (RJB) 102 16. Arthur McKinley (Cape Standard) 103 Basutoland 17. Lesotho scene with British officials (RJB) 123 18. Man standing in front of plant (RJB) 123 19. School scene (RJB) 124 20. Two men at court (RJB) 124 Eastern Cape 21. Roseberry T. Bokwe (Bantu World) 139 22. Z. K. Matthews (RJB) 140 23. D. D. T. Jabavu (RJB) 140 Page x 24. William Ballinger addressing Ciskei meeting (RJB) 141 25. Mrs. Ballinger sitting at Ciskei meeting (RJB) 142 26. Four Xhosa women (RJB) 142 Thaba 'Nchu/Mafeking 27.

In reviewing the conference, Bunche thought the NNC had paid too much attention to black business and had unwisely endorsed interracial organizations. 23 The NNC got off to a promising start by setting up local branches in cities around the country. For a while, it threatened the dominance of the NAACP. However, because of its emphasis on working-class issues, the NNC lost the support of black clergymen, businessmen, and professionals. 24 The NNC held its second convention in October 1937 while Bunche was overseas.

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