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Glory wins Best Original Song at the Oscars

Written by Marlon Palmer

Congratulations to soul artiste John Legend and rapper/actor Common for their win at the 2015 Academy Awards for “Best Original Song” with their stirring original song “Glory” from the film Selma.

The duo performed the song live on stage surrounded by a fantastic backdrop of people quietly marching reminiscent of the original Selma march amid poignant scenes from the film that reminded us all that African-Americans today are still fighting for “Equal Rights in Justice” and reminded those watching of the great works carried out by Dr. Martin Luther King and the rest of the great civil rights activists who also dedicated their lives to making a difference and gaining equal rights for their fellow man.

David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, was brought to tears following the performance along with other celebrities like Chris Pine who also seemed to be in tears, Oprah appeared to be having heart palpitations.

Common stated “we wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now,” Legend said in his acceptance speech. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you, ‘We are with you. We see you. We love you. And march on.'”

Common noted that the duo recently performed “Glory” on Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the structure that became a civil rights focal point after armed policemen attacked civil rights protesters in 1965. “This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change,” Common said. “The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status.”

Watch the stirring performance and listen to their inspiring acceptance speech.

Acceptance speech: