Joseph L. Rauh Jr., a respected champion of civil rights and liberal causes, died Thursday in Washington, D.C. He was 81.
Rauh founded Americans for Democratic Action and served as its president, and he sat on the executive board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also served as general counsel of the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights for more than 40 years."Joe's imprint was all over the civil rights era," said NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks, who had worked with Rauh for 20 years.