Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown is a civil rights activist, president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, and pastor of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco.

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Billy Graham Raised His Voice Against Racism. So Should His Son

by Amos C. Brown 06-16-2020

A man recites spoken word poetry at a makeshift memorial honoring George Floyd in Minneapolis,  June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In July 1952, when I was 11 years old, some of my relatives took me to witness the Billy Graham Crusade in Jackson, Miss. Ropes were strung across the athletic field and stands where more than 300,000 people would gather to hear him preach during those hot summer nights. The ropes had one purpose: to keep the crowd segregated by the color of their skin.