Firing a Fighter

A setback for civil rights?

His credentials are impeccable, his party loyalties unassailable. A lifelong Republican, Arthur S. Flemming, 76, was appointed Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in 1958 by Dwight Eisenhower. In 1974 Richard Nixon named him chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan advisory committee whose purpose is to monitor enforcement of civil rights laws. Flemming turned out to be an especially unflinching warrior in the struggle for civil rights. In recent months, after having concluded that Reagan and company lacked commitment to the cause, he began attacking the Administration. Last week he found himself out...

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