Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, Jr. experienced a unique friendship that dates back nearly 60 years. In the summer-long 1957 New York Crusade, the two friends took the stage together in Madison Square Garden and boldly took a stand to help end segregation in the United States.

“I think both Dr. Graham and my father were trying to make the world a better place,” said Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Graham made history by demanding to take down the ropes separating blacks and whites at one of his Crusades in the South. When the usher refused to do it, Mr. Graham took the ropes down himself.