Robert Godwin's Legacy Is Evident in His Children's Message of Forgiveness

Editor's Note: The following is based on Glenn's monologue from April 18, 2017.

Did you ever think about your legacy? I mean, I know dictators do that. Presidents do that. But have you really ever thought about the legacy you are building? What will you leave behind?

None of us are really going to be remembered by a monument. Most of us will never have a book in the library that people go to read. What are the intangible things that you leave behind just because of the way you live your life?

Last night, I sat with my eldest sister Coletta, and we sat around the dining room table for about an hour or so. She's writing a book. She's writing a pie book. It's a recipe book. She said it may just be, you know, for her family, the kids. I am consulting on it, kind of, and I suggested to her one of the last lines. I said, consider this: I remember people because of pies. I remember my grandmother used to make lemon meringue pie for me. Every time, it was just for me. And she would make pie for each of us kids, but she would make a lemon merengue pie for me. Every time I would come to her house, I remember walking in the front door and smelling it. I must have been eight years old. The legacy that she left for me was that lemon merengue pie means, I love you.

What is it that we're passing on to our friends, our family and our children? For better or for worse, what you do today is building your legacy.

I'm going to tell you about a man that was born in 1942, when the world was in the thick of fighting World War II. He was a teenager when the segregation of American schools was just getting started. He was in his 20s during the heart of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He worked as a foundry worker --- we don't have foundries really anymore --- taking metal and melting it down then pouring that liquid metal into a mold creating new shapes, new tools, new parts.

Foundry workers worked with their hands. They would pour that liquid metal in, and then they would remove that new shape from the mold and they would sand the rough edges. They would scrub the molds and prepare for the next batch. It was hard, honest and old-fashioned work.

This man raised nine children, had five daughters, four sons. It wasn't easy. It's not for any of us, especially when you get a divorce --- and he had a divorce. He fixed cars on the side just to help keep food on the tables and clothes on the backs of his children. He was a dad that was there. One of his daughters, Debbie, said he always taught her and her sisters that they needed to fend for themselves and not depend on a man to provide for them. She said he was gentle and sweet. One of his sons said he was quiet and always respectful.

Eventually, he retired. His daily trek to the foundry was now replaced with fishing on Lake Erie. His kids had grown. He had 14 grandchildren. Among them, they affectionately called him the "junk man" because he would pick up things off the street and fix them. He would pick up bikes and fix them. He'd go on long walks, usually on the weekends, and carry an empty plastic shopping bag, collecting cans and turning them in for money. Debbie said he didn't need the extra money, it was just something that he did.

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He was 74 years old. His name was Robert Godwin, Sr. He was on one of his long walks this last Sunday afternoon, and he was carrying a plastic bag. He held that empty plastic bag up as if it were a shield in the last moment of his life. I accidentally saw yesterday his shooting by the so-called "Facebook killer." I'll never get that image out of my mind. He held that empty bag up as a shield and said, "No, wait, I don't understand."

He was carrying that plastic bag, looking for cans along East 93rd Street in Cleveland, when what he had left of his life was cruelly stolen from him and his family. And none of us would ever know his name had it not been for Facebook. He would have just been another guy and a statistic on the streets of Cleveland.

The real tragedy of Robert Godwin, Sr. is that he wasn't done creating his legacy. He still had a lot left to give to his family. He had just left his son's home to pick up some basketball equipment and take it to one of his other sons on Easter morning. He wasn't done creating his legacy.

We pray today for the family of Robert Godwin, Sr. and that the memories he created sustain and comfort them in the days ahead.

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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