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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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