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Civil Rights

1953

By 1953, Graham’s rejection of segregation was strong enough that during his Crusade in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he pulled down the organisers’ race-segregating ropes to and told them that if they put them back up, they could have the revival without him. He also began to preach against segregation and went on to be a vocal leader of the Civil Rights movement in America. When Graham met Martin Luther King Jr at the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, they became good friends, and Graham went on to invite King to preach with him at the famous Madison Square Garden Crusade in New York that lasted 16 weeks. In South Africa preaching to an ethnically mixed audience, Graham stated categorically that ‘apartheid is a sin’.

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Billy Graham

William Franklin Graham was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him “among the most influential Christian leaders” of the 20th century. As a preacher, he held large indoor and outdoor rallies with…

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