7 Champions of Change For International Day of Peace

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 21st, The International Day of Peace. It's not only a time to remember the ideals the day represents but also a moment to reflect on influential people throughout history who have left their mark by striving for the betterment of humanity. What better way to commemorate this holiday than to reflect on the achievements of Black men that have helped change lives and earned the well-deserved Nobel peace prize. Here are a few unforgettable trailblazers who helped paved the way for future generations.

In 1964 civil rights activist leader and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel peace prize for inspiring a movement against racial injustice.

Political scientist, academic, and diplomat Ralph Bunche was the very first African American to receive the award for acting as a mediator in Palestine during the late 1940s. The honor was bestowed upon Bunche in 1950.