In 1955, when Fred Bailey got called out of class at Abilene High School to participate in a television interview with African-American Nobel laureate Ralph Bunche, he really didn’t think much about it.
“It was a point in time I didn’t realize the significance of it,” he said. “I was just going through my senior year of high school and I knew everything,” he added, chuckling.
Now, the broadcast — hosted by legendary television and radio journalist Edward R. Murrow — will be the centerpiece of a Feb. 18 celebration of Black History Month at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.
The broadcast featured Bunche, then Eisenhower’s United Nations undersecretary for special political affairs, discussing issues of the day with students from the high school.
Bunche won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his efforts in mediating the Arab-Israeli conflict. He also was the first African-American to earn a doctorate at Harvard.
Bailey was one of two African-American students who participated in the broadcast, said Samantha Kenner, spokeswoman for the Eisenhower Library. Read More