Interview with Joseph Rauh
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO, TO BACK UP FROM THE CONVENTION A LITTLE BIT. AND YOU WERE A HARVARD EDUCATED LAWYER, UH, DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONFIDANT IN SOME WAYS. HERE COME THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE INTO THE CONVENTION. WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THAT HAVE ON THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION?

Joseph Rauh:

They were sharecroppers, black sharecroppers, they were professionals, a few, Aaron Henry, uh, Ed King. They were people in the movement, Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, who thought this was a way to move civil rights in Mississippi. How right they were. Because… this is very important, even though this may come after your period, this has to be said. In 1968, the proof of the pudding was there. The civil rights crowd from Mississippi led by Aaron Henry, with Mrs. Hamer a part of the delegation walked on the floor as the whole delegation from Mississippi. There wasn't one from the lily-white organization. The proof that we had won in ‘64 was when the whole thing came together in ‘68. Uh, Julian Bond was seated, uh…