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Rev. Billy Graham, a farmer's son who became the face of American evangelicalism and preached to an estimated 200 million people over the course of his lifetime, died today at 99.
Why he mattered: Graham was a spiritual adviser to presidents dating back to Harry Truman. He racially integrated his services and bailed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail. He was a Southern Baptist who spoke for no particular church, but whose organization was at the forefront of reviving religion's role in American public life.
How he did it, per the NYT:
His example to others, noted by the evangelical Jonathan Merritt:
Worthy of your time: The N.Y. Times obituary on Graham, written by NYT religion reporter Laurie Goodstein.
Students hold up their hands as they participate in a protest against gun violence today outside the White House. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
High school and middle school students from across the United States staged walk-outs across the country today to show support to the students of Stoneman Douglas High School and to demand action on gun laws.