Interview with Joseph Rauh
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

OK, BRING ME UP TO 1964. FIRST TELL ME WHO JOE RAUH WAS IN 1964?

Joseph Rauh:

Well, uh, by that time I was General Counsel of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a group then of say, 60 civil rights organizations. I had been in the various uh, fights for civil rights. For example, in 19 um '54, uh, '57, I had been the chief lobbyist along with Clarence Mitchell for the '57 Civil Rights Act. That was a pretty pale one then, but it was better than nothing. It dealt with voting rights. Then I… in 19 hundred and um, 60, uh, 3, I lobbied for the bill that was later passed the uh, next year. I helped with the march. I think if you just look at the pictures you will see that I was one of the leaders of the march in September uh, August 1963, and so it was that uh, uh, having fought for the statute, which became the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I was asked into the fight on the floor of the Democratic Convention in 1964 by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.