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Billy Graham and American Culture


Dr. Grant Wacker, author of America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, will present the program Billy Graham and American Culture on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Hear about Graham’s achievements, which are rooted in his personal gifts and his ability to adapt to trends of the times — such as the “southernization” of American culture, the rise of mass media and the post-World War II quest for consensus — to accomplish his goals. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of America’s Pastor will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Wacker will explore the rise, career and legacy of Graham, one of the most influential Christians of the 20th century. In 2015 the North Carolinian made an unparalleled 59th appearance in the top 10 of the Gallup organization’s list of most admired men and women in the world.

“Though not without flaws, his titanic life helped shape the nation’s understanding of responsible moral leadership for individuals, churches and the nation,” says Wacker. “The lecture will offer thoughtful perspective on the shortcomings, achievements and influence of Graham’s long and multi-faceted presence in our public life.”  

Come to the N.C. Museum of History on March 6 to learn more from Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke Divinity School in Durham.

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