“There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850:” John Legend & Common’s Moving Oscar “Glory” Acceptance Speech & Performance

The Glory train is in full motion after rapper/actor Common and singer John Legend’s Oscar win for their moving song “Glory.” Right before winning the biggest award in entertainment for Best Original Song, the dynamic duo gave a tear-jerking performance of their hit record from the motion picture Selma.

Their performance included a live depiction of the march from Selma under the Edmund Pettus Bridge. John’s explosive vocals were piercing bringing the atmosphere to chills. By the end of the performance, the entire crowd was on their feet in applause. Actors David Oleyowo and Chris Pine were shedding tears and of course Ms. Oprah Winfrey showed her excitement giving Oleyowo a high five.

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I was very impressed with John taking a stand for black equality in his acceptance speech. Using such a platform to speak such truth is most commendable.

Nina Simone said ‘It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.’ We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were fifty years ago but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for fifty years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. 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. God bless ya’ll.

Watch the performance and acceptance speech below:



-Renée Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative


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