During the Vietnam War era, students and some faculty at Mennonite colleges were involved in protest movements. The FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover, saw the student movements as a great national danger. Without lawful authorization, the bureau launched a secret surveillance program known as COINTELPRO to monitor and disrupt the campus protest groups.
Myron Augsburger admired Billy Graham but didn’t take his advice. It was about 1950 or ’51 when the aspiring Mennonite evangelist first talked to Graham — already well on his way to becoming “America’s preacher” — at a meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals in Minneapolis.