Billy Graham And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1207 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Although the American Civil Rights Movement actually started during the mid-to-late 19th century, the movement actually peaked in the mid 20th century. The Civil Rights Movement was a tremendous historical step for the African-Americans in the United States of America. The movement caused many evangelists, authors, and protestors to feel called upon to address the subject of racial equality in America. One of the many evangelists, but arguably the most famous, during the movement was Billy Graham. After returning home from one of his various missionary trips, Billy Graham was approached by the President of the United States. The President invited Billy Graham to the White House to address the topic of the Civil Rights Movement and the severe racial problems that existed in the United States. Billy Graham accepted the invite, and the two spoke of white protestant Americans during the Civil Rights Movement and tried to think of a way to instill their religious beliefs into the Caucasian race of America. This instilling of religion into whites directly affected their responses towards the movement, and strongly encouraged many to call for love, justice, and equality of both races. However, many people also rejected any propositions of integration during the Civil Rights Movement, and furthermore, many wanted to continue to keep the procedures of racial segregation in America.
Graham stated that racial discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement, although possible, would…

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