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with the voter registration drive. So they were attacked
at the picnic by some Mississippi rednecks with chains and some
of them were beaten up, and they were basically white -- white
college students. Oh, I was horrified. And at that moment
the Democratic convention was going on in Atlantic City, and
the fight was the seating of the Mississippi delegation and
Fannie Lou Hamer, a major name at that time, and others were
testifying before the credentials committee, and Joe Rauh, Jr.
was their attorney. It was very exciting watching it on television.
I thought, “My God, I must get to Atlantic City and tell them about
this latest obscenity.” So I fly to New York, and instead of
going home -- I'm tired and so forth -- I then take another flight
direct to Atlantic City. I get to the convention hall and I
go downstairs where you announce your presence, and I say, “I've
got to see Mr. Rauh. I must see Mr. Rauh. I have important
news from Mississippi.” I felt like the message from Garcia --
that sort of thing. “I have important news.” And I send up my
card, my attorney's card, with a little note: “Mr. Rauh” -- I'd
never met him -- “Mr. Rauh, I have important news from Mississippi.
I must talk to you.”
They come down and say, “You can go upstairs,” and I go
up to see Mr. Raugh. “Mr. Rauh, I've just come back from Mississippi
and I want to tell you something that happened down there.
There was a riot where civil rights workers were unmercifully
beaten with chains. It was just awful.” And he said, “What
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