I call them "Wright's 11" (there are only eleven of them left). As I've said before, I'm still debating on if these works should ever be posted for sell again. I certainly can't keep them on Etsy forever and I'd much rather have them in someone's home where they'll be appreciated rather than in storage.
Until December 18th, you can go to the Elindy Gallery on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElindyGallery?ref=si_shop) and using the coupon code: CHRISTMAS2013, you can save 50% off all listed works.
This day in history: December 10, 1950
Detroit, Michigan native, Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche, received the Nobel Peace Prize for achieving the 1949 Armistice Agreements.
Ralph Bunche was born in either 1903 or 1904. His father, Fred Bunche, was a barber in a shop having a clientele of whites only. His mother, Olive (Johnson) Bunche, was an amateur musician. His grandmother, who lived with the family, had been born into slavery.
He went on to become valedictorian at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. While attending UCLA, Bunche supported his college expenses with his athletic scholarship and his personal expenses with a janitorial job. There he majored in International Studies and graduated in 1927, summa cum laude, valedictorian. He later studied Political Science in graduate school at Howard University and received his Masters in 1928. He then taught at Howard University and worked on his doctrate degree from Harvard.
At Howard University Bunche was considered by some as a young radical intellectual who criticized both America's social system and the established Black organizations, but generally he is thought of as a moderate.
In 1946, UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie "borrowed" Bunche from the State Department where he worked as the acting chief in the Division of Dependent Area Affairs, and placed him in charge of the Department of Trusteeship of the UN to handle problems of the world's peoples who had not yet attained self-government.
According to Nobepeaceprize.org, from June of 1947 to August of 1949, Bunche worked on the most important assignment of his career - the confrontation between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. He was first appointed as assistant to the UN Special Committee on Palestine, then as principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission, which was charged with carrying out the partition approved by the UN General Assembly. In early 1948 when this plan was dropped and fighting between Arabs and Israelis became especially severe, the UN appointed Count Folke Bernadotte as mediator and Ralph Bunche as his chief aide. Four months later, on September 17, 1948, Count Bernadotte was assassinated, and Bunche was named acting UN mediator on Palestine. After eleven months of virtually ceaseless negotiating, Bunche obtained signatures on armistice agreements between Israel and the Arab States.
Bunche returned home to a hero's welcome. New York gave him a "ticker tape" parade up Broadway; Los Angeles declared a "Ralph Bunche Day". He was besieged with requests to lecture, was awarded the Spingarn Prize by the NAACP in 1949, was given over thirty honorary degrees in the next three years, and the Nobel Peace Prize for 1950.
Bunche lived in Kew Gardens a triangular shaped upper middle class neighborhood of Queens, New York from 1953 until his death. In 1959, he and his son, Ralph, Jr., were denied membership in the West Side Tennis Club in the Forrest Hills neighborhood of Queens and after the issue was given national coverage by the press, the club offered the Bunches an apology and membership invitation. The official who had denied them resigned and Bunche refused the offer, saying it was not based on equality and was an exception based only on his personal prestige.