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The Day Martin Luther King Jr. Prayed at the Billy Graham New York Crusade | ORBC Shares

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The Day Martin Luther King Jr. Prayed at the Billy Graham New York Crusade

written by Justin Taylor for The Gospel Coalition

"From the beginning (of his crusades) at the Garden, Graham saw that his audiences were overwhelmingly white. A few days in, he contacted his black friend Howard Jones, the pastor of a large African-American Christian Missionary Alliance church in Cleveland, and asked what he should do about it. Jones advised, "Do not wait for blacks to come to you. You need to go to them." The sub-text was clear: you and everything else about your crusade–associates, artists, music, choir, and congregation–present a virtually solid white front. If blacks are hesitant to come, what would you expect?

Inviting King—the most prominent black Christian in America—was a logical next step."

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