John Legend, Common Add ‘Glory’ To ‘Selma’ Soundtrack

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The timing could not be better for the movie Selma to release this as protests go down for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by police offers without an indictment.

The John Legend original “Glory” is set to accompany Ava Duvernay’s Selma when it rolls into theaters this holiday season. Legend’s vocals mixed with lyrics rapped by Common seizes Civil Rights to make a powerful point since the film centers on the marches led by Martin Luther King from Selma, Alabama in 1965.

“This is not only for paying honor to those who lived in these times during the ’60s, but also really relevant to today,” Common told Billboard about the song. “You can look at what’s going on in Ferguson, and it’s not a far comparison to what happened to Jimmy Lee Jackson during the time of the civil rights movement that is shown in the film. So I really was thinking about encouraging people that we’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got some fighting to do, and we are capable. We’ve got to carry this torch and take it to the next level.”

The historical drama, scheduled to hit theaters Jan. 9, will feature actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah Winfrey and Carmen Ejogo amongst others.

Hear “Glory” by John Legend ft. Common below:

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