Module 12

The Final Years
40 minutes

During the last decade of his life, Bunche is faced with new challenges and set backs - both personal and political - - the Vietnam War, the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, the riots in America's Black ghettos, white backlash and the rise of radical Black Power movements. On the personal side, he has to cope with the death of his younger daughter and his own failing health. At tremendous personal sacrifice, Bunche continues in his job as Undersecretary General at the UN until a few months before his death in 1971. Dr. Bunche's extraordinary achievements, and the significant contributions he made to international peacekeeping, decolonization, the United Nations and the Civil Rights movement, all converge in this last episode of the series.