Mayor Nutter Issues Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Clarence Farmer

Philadelphia, January 31, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement on the passing of Clarence Farmer, the former executive director and chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations:


“Clarence Farmer was a true civil rights champion for the city and nation. His name is synonymous with human dignity and freedom. He stood up for those who could not stand up for themselves. He gave back to his city in so many ways, from serving on the original Police Advisory Board to playing a critical role on the Commission on Human Relations, first serving as executive director and then the longest serving chair of this critically important city commission. Mr. Farmer set a standard of excellence in public service that has rarely ever been matched. All of us in Philadelphia have benefitted from his championing the importance of access to housing, jobs and education. While we will all miss him greatly, it is fitting that each year the Commission awards its Clarence Farmer Service Award.”

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