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Paul Goldfinger ©. March, 2020.  Click to enlarge. Bunche Beach, Fla.



LEONARD COHEN.  “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”    From The Essential Leonard Cohen.


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Bunche Beach, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger © February , 2018. Click to enlarge.


Enlarge the photo to see the variety of bathing outfits at this family beach in South West Florida.




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Bunche Beach. 3/21. Tea for two. A lovers oasis.  Paul Goldfinger wrestles with the light. ©


BEVERLY KENNEY    from her album Sings for Johnny Smith.






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Ralph Bunche in 1963 at the Civil Rights March on Washington. Internet photo.

Ralph Bunche in 1963 at the Civil Rights March on Washington. Internet photo.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Re-post from Jan. 2020.   For Black History Month.


Ralph Bunche (1903-1971) reminds me of Paul Robeson because both were involved in the civil rights struggle for African-Americans long before the “Civil Rights Movement” actually began. Bunche wrote books about that subject and he became the first black to win a Nobel Peace Prize–he won the award in 1950 for his work in Palestine during the ’40’s. He grew up in Los Angeles, graduated UCLA summa cum laude, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard.

During WWII he worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) and he also was instrumental in the formation of the United Nations. For over 20 years he was the chairman of Political Science at Howard University.

In 1963 he marched with Martin Luther King on the occasion of the “I Have a Dream” speech. He also was on the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Ralph Bunche walked the walk and talked the talk, and society valued him greatly during his lifetime.

We remember Ralph Bunche today on Blogfinger for his role in racial justice, but also because he was a great man who performed  good deeds all over the world;  and I have my eye on his memory specifically for the work he did in mediating peace–an “armistice”– in 1949 between the new State of Israel and the Arab side—Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

He said,    “I have a bias in favor of both Arabs and Jews in the sense that I believe that both are good, honorable and essentially peace-loving peoples, and are therefore as capable of making peace as of waging war …” – Ralph Bunche, 1949

In Fort Myers, Florida, there is a lovely beach dedicated to the memory of Ralph Bunche. Ironically, it was the site years ago of a segregated beach for local black citizens.

Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, Florida. Jan. 18, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, Florida. Jan. 18, 2015. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

Bunche Beach. Jan 18, 2015. ©

Bunche Beach. Jan 18, 2015. ©



JOHN BARRY   “Coney Island”    From the motion picture Across the Sea of Time



2020 addendum:  There was a historic separate beach for African-Americans in Asbury Park  (see Helen’s comment).  This photo from 1908 refers to “Negroes” at that  segregated beach.  It is from the Internet:   (“history in photos.blogspot.com.)



Paul Goldfinger photograph. Bunche Beach, Fla. 2019.





The Moonglows



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Bunche Beach. Ft. Myers, Fla. Jan 25, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.



MARGOT BINGHAM WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS.  (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.)  George Gershwin wrote the music in 1924.

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Bunche Beach,Fla. Paul Goldfinger© 2014



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Bunche Beach. Ft. Myers, Fla.    January 13,  2019. Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge. Girls in their winter clothes series.

PATSY CLINE:  From the album the Last Sessions.  Scroll down to Charles Pierre’s poem “Absence” regarding love letters in the sand.

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Ft. Myers, Fla. Feb 18, 2018. © Paul Goldfinger photograph. Click to enlarge.



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Paul Goldfinger ©. Bunche Beach, Florida. Click to enlarge those orange shoes.


Here is a link to our prior post about Bunche Beach.

Bunche Beach link

PEGGY LEE    “Moments Like This.”

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Ft. Myers’ Bunche Beach. 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to enlarge.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN  “O Mio Babbino Caro”  from her album Classics.  The composer is Giacomo Puccini from his opera Gianni Schicchi

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