5. Graham’s ministry hasn't been without controversy, especially his "cooperative evangelism" efforts in the mid-1950s when he began accepting non-evangelical support and funding from liberal and mainline Protestant churches and denominations. This led to converts at his crusades being recommended to attend conservative and nonconservative churches alike.
6. In 1955, Graham invited Martin Luther King Jr. to join him at the pulpit for his 16-week revival in New York City which drew an astonishing crowd of 2.3 million people in Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, and Times Square. In his autobiography, Graham recalled the close friendship he developed with King. In 1963, Graham even posted bail for King to be released from jail during the civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama.
7. In the early 1980s, Graham expressed his plan to spend the rest of his life preaching the gospel and work for global nuclear disarmament. In an interview with Sojourners, he said, “Is a nuclear holocaust inevitable if the arms race is not stopped? Frankly, the answer is almost certainly yes.”
8. No other American has slept in the White House Lincoln Bedroom more than Graham, the “pastor to the presidents.” Graham had either a personal relationship or personal audience with every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. Graham was especially close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, who asked for Graham while on his deathbed, and Richard Nixon. He officiated the graveside services for president Lyndon Johnson in 1973 and spoke at Nixon's funeral in 1994. The only president who didn’t like Graham, as the evangelist frequently noted, was Truman, who called him a “counterfeit” and said “[Graham] was never a friend of mine when I was President.”
9. Graham received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award), the Congressional Gold Medal, an Honorary Knighthood in Order of the British Empire, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also the first non-musician to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame for providing a platform to many Christian artists who performed at his events.