EXPLO '72 - Dallas, TX

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For a solid week the Jesus Movement rolled at exuberant crest over Dallas: 80,000 young people from across the U.S. and from 75 foreign lands, shouting, singing, praying and praising His name in a mammoth burst of Christian zeal. "A religious Woodstock," said Billy Graham of Explo '72. But long hair, pot and Jesus freaks were not the hallmarks of the Dallas scene.

Billy Graham, a hero to many of Explo's young evangelists,
spoke six times during the week

Johnny Cash & Billy Graham

The gathering was sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ International, an evangelical, theologically conservative group with an ambitious goal: to take the message of Jesus to every individual in America by 1976, and the whole world by 1980. In addition to attending evangelistic training sessions in 65 Dallas-area locations, the young people listened to hours of rock religious music and heard encouragement from Graham, Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach and Florida Governor Reubin Askew. Graham was delighted with Explo's unstuffy, right-on mood. "We've sort of made an end run around the church," he said.

Bill Bright-Founder&President
of Campus Crusade for Christ and
Billy Graham at a press conference