Interview with Joseph Rauh
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

TELL—TELL ME ABOUT FANNIE LOU HAMER. WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW HER AFTER THE COMPROMISE?

Joseph Rauh:

After the compromise the first time I saw Fannie Lou was the next morning, uh, because uh… at the church. After that I saw her many times. We were… people don't realize that we were mad. Fannie and I went on a number of fundraising expeditions for civil rights. We were both much in demand. She, because she's such an eloquent speaker, and me because I'd been their… their counsel, so… uh Fannie and I and uh we uh were kissing cousins uh from then on. She gets over things much uh easier, and we, we never had any trouble. I remember a night at the ah, legal, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, big dinner for money when she and I spoke, and boy, she couldn't have been any nicer to me and what I had done than if she had been my wife. Uh, she was absolutely wonderful. There was no… there was no hostility there whatever. And on my wall, of course, I carry the letter from Aaron Henry which I will treasure until the day I die.