Billy Graham Reaches Out to Diverse Community During Three-Day "Crusade" in Flushing

June 17, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On June 17, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "In 1957, when Billy Graham's New York City crusade launched him into the national spotlight, he took a chance by crossing racial lines in an age of segregation. Beginning Friday, Dr. Graham – now 86 and in declining health – will return to New York for what could be his final crusade. And aides say his goal is to speak to 'the entire world, every ethnic group.' ... For the New York crusade, volunteers from more than 1,500 churches and 81 denominations are helping to spread Dr. Graham's message to the broadest possible audience... Ten thousand headsets will be distributed to translate his sermons into 20 languages. The crusade will be broadcast on a Korean radio station in New York; coordinators were working this week to set up broadcasts in Spanish and Chinese. The three-day crusade will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, home to the New York Mets' Shea Stadium and to the U.S. Tennis Open. The families who regularly use the vast park come from neighborhoods where more than 130 languages are spoken."