Thomas C. Fleming (b. 1907 d. November 21, 2006) was a founding editor of San Francisco's The Reporter in 1944, which later merged with another paper to become the Sun-Reporter. He was a prolific writer interested in human rights and black history. He is the author of Reflections on Black History which is a series of articles than spanned from 1997 to 1999. Fleming retired from the paper in 1997. Columbus Sally listed him as one of the top 100 influential African Americans in the history of the United States in her book "The Black 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential African Americans, Past and Present."
Thomas Fleming spent his formative years in Chico beginning at age 11 and graduated from high school in 1926. Thus, according to this wiki's definition of Chicoan, Chico can claim him as their own (though he isn't a Native Chicoan). He wrote that Chico was a "a place where the kids of all races had a lot of freedom to do what they wanted" in an article titled Good Times in Chico.
Information on this page came from the San Francisco Museum webpage dedicated to him. It includes some of his reflections on Chico.
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