- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
People are mourning the loss of influential evangelist Billy Graham after news of his death broke early Wednesday. He was 99.
Born William Franklin Graham in North Carolina, the religious leader was known as “America’s pastor.” He also had a huge global following through his radio and television ministry, reaching millions.
Throughout his career, which spanned more than 70 years, he developed relationships with politicians and activists, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.
As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to write condolences. Several said they were sad to hear about his passing.
Some praised him for his dedication and passion, while also reflecting on the lives he affected. Many called him “kind” and “amazing.”
Others chimed in with their favorite quotes from Graham.
While a few criticized some of his preachings and political ideas, they still expressed their respect for him.