Former Civil Rights Commission chairman Aurther Flemming dies.
1996 (Sep 7)
Arthur Flemming, former chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, died in Washington, D.C., at age ninety-one. After eight years on the job, he was fired by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 after the CRC issued a report that was harshly critical of the Reagan administration's record on desegregation and civil rights. In 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded Flemming the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. At the time of his death, Clinton remarked: "He transcended party, generation, and race in search of consensus on some of the great issues of our day."