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Arthur Fletcher (December 22, 1924 in Phoenixmarker, Arizonamarker – July 12, 2005 in Washington DCmarker) was an Americanmarker government official, widely referred to as the "father of affirmative action" as he was largely responsible for the Revised Philadelphia Plan.

Life and career

Fletcher obtained a degree from distance learning school La Salle Extension University.

An African American and a Republican, he served in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. In 1995, he briefly pursued a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Numbers of his fellow Republicans were often at odds with the affirmative action policies which Fletcher initiated.

As head of the United Negro College Fund, he coined their famous slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

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