After taking the best original song Oscar for their Selma song Glory at the 2015 Oscars, John Legend and Common took the opportunity to the problems that still that remain in society and how far from resolved after 50 years Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery.
the bridge Dr. King and his protestors marched across is no longer just a symbol for Civil Rights — it’s a symbol for discrimination based on “race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. This is for the kid from the South Side of Chicago to those in France standing up for freedom of expression to those in Hong Kong protesting for democracy.”John Legend said:
“Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850.”
John Legend and Common took to the stage and preformed their song titled Glory from the movie Selma. Later on Glory won the Best Original Song. Legend said during the duo’s acceptance speech.
“We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real…There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850.”