Former President Barack Obama is not planning to attend memorial services for the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham this week.
Obama's office disclosed the former president's plans Monday, Yahoo! News reports, noting Graham’s support of desegregation and close ties to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“In 1952, he stopped segregating his crusades and began a friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Former President George W. Bush paid his respects to Graham, who is lying in repose at the Graham Family Homeplace in Charlotte, NC, on Monday. President Donald Trump plans to attend Graham’s funeral services in Charlotte on Friday.
While president, Obama visited Graham in 2010 at his North Carolina retreat.