91. Billy Graham: Evangelist and Civil Rights Advocate

William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. is an American , who is an ordained Baptist minister, and celebrity. is one of the first televangelists because of extensive use of television to spread the word god throughout the world. He rose to celebrity in 1949 by reaching out to the middle-class American population through radio, then television. It is that Graham's sermons have reached a total of than 2.2 billion people worldwide. He is credited converting more than 3.2 million Americans to Christianity his broadcasts.

Born on November 7, 1918, Graham up in a dairy farm near Charlotte, North . His parents were of Scottish descent, and were Presbyterians. Graham's education included attending several colleges before on what is now Trinity College in Florida. was there that Graham heard the calling of Christ, and began devoting his life to spreading word of god.

Graham served as spiritual advisor several presidents, including, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson. He was a friend to Dr. Luther King Jr. whom he invited on more one occasion to preach at his ministries. He bailed King out of jail after the civil leader was jailed for participating in a peaceful .

One of Graham's most powerful tools was his . He began staging evangelical events at arenas and to spread the word of god. He was of the first preachers to invite black clergymen participate in his crusades. He was also a of integration. In one famous incident, Graham went the audience to remove barriers that were set-up segregate blacks from whites. He told the organizers they either remove the barriers, or they can their event without him. Graham was a man high moral character.