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Q:
What is Bunche's legacy?

A: Well, I think Bunche's legacy really is of an African American who was on the world stage at a very important time in history, at a time when the globe was really in very significant transition. Millions of people were becoming independent, away from colonialism. The great powers, of course, were solidifying a rivalry and so there were tremendous, tremendous stakes. In the middle of it all was this new institution, the United Nations, and one of the key players in that institution was an African-American. So he was in a very uncommon place in history and was able, therefore, behind the scenes to exercise tremendous influence on some of these events.


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