Billy Graham’s Civil Rights Legacy Continues Through Ferguson Outreach

Samantha Castillo (center) answers questions from volunteers before they hand out information on the Adopt-A-Block program in the Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com
Samantha Castillo (center) answers questions from volunteers before they hand out information on the Adopt-A-Block program in the Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com

Ferguson is testing the civil rights legacy of famed televangelist Billy Graham.


In a region still roiled by the death of African-American teenager Michael Brown and a recent U.S. Department of Justice report that found a pattern of racial bias among police, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, an organization based in Charlotte, N.C. and headed by son Franklin Graham, is attempting to make a difference.

An emergency team of the ministry’s chaplains has already made two stops in Ferguson and is prepared to return at a moment’s notice.

Now, the project is taking the next step.

Working with One Church Outreach Ministry, a group that seeks to bring together various Christian leaders and pastors, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has helped launch an adopt-a-block effort in Ferguson.

For the next six months, a community of Christians hoping to help transform the area will canvass dozens of distinct blocks in Ferguson, offering prayers and assistance.

There are also plans to introduce an adopt-a-school initiative modeled on a national program designed by Tony Evans, a pastor in Dallas at the 10,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.

The outreach efforts aim to advance the work Billy Graham, an evangelical Christian and a friend to Martin Luther King Jr., began decades ago in the civil rights era.

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SOURCE: STLToday.com
Lilly Fowler

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