More than twenty thousand people of various races, religions and backgrounds gathered and marched in Birmingham on Friday, united in the belief that “all lives matter.” Many who came had never participated in a demonstration of this kind. But for one man, this was not his first time to make a public stand for something he believed was right. And his picture ended up in history books because of it.
Glenn told the story on radio Monday.
"You know that famous picture of the Woolworth's Lunch Counter?" Glenn said. "Clarence Henderson was one of the guys sitting at that counter."
Clarence Henderson sits at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina along with Joseph A. McNeil, Franklin E. McCain and William Smith, February 2, 1960. (Source: www.americanhistory.si.edu)
Just prior to delivering his speech at Guiding Light Church on Friday, Glenn said somebody pointed out the actual Clarence Henderson in the crowd.
"Somebody came up to me right before and said, 'that guy, do you know who he is?' I'm like, 'no.' He was the 18-year-old kid at the lunch counter in the 1960s. And showed me the picture," Glenn said.
Glenn couldn't believe it, saying he remembered seeing that very picture in history books. And now he was seeing him in person. A friend had told Henderson about the march, so he drove from Greensboro, North Carolina by himself to be a part of the movement.
He ended up marching right next to Glenn on the streets of Birmingham the next day.
Clarence Henderson marches between Glenn Beck and Raphael Cruz at the Restoring Unity March in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015. (Photo by Amber Fisher)
When Glenn asked what made him do this, Henderson said, "it's time. It's just time. We have to come together or we're going to tear each other apart."