Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, and the Vietnam War Protest
In May 1970, Christian evangelist Billy Graham was invited to hold one of his crusades in Knoxville. The 10-day event took place in Neyland Stadium. On May 28, President Richard Nixon came to Knoxville and addressed people at the crusade. UT professors and students protesting the Vietnam War and Nixon’s decision to bomb Cambodia and Laos joined the crowd in the stadium. Some protesters held signs, some chanted, some yelled, and nine were arrested that night. Police eventually charged 47 people in connection to the protests. Most of the accused were exonerated, but some were required to serve time in jail.