By Christopher Harris
The “Selma” soundtrack might be just as inspirational as the movie.
Common raps about the recent events in Ferguson during the first verse—a chilling modern counterpart to the historical events the movie chronicles.
“One son died, his spirit is revisiting us,” he raps “living in us, resistance is us. That’s why Rosa sat on the bus! That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up!”
But it’s Legend’s strong intro and gospel-induced chorus that completes the ballad. His harmonious chants of “We’ll cry glory” stir up progressive moments from our nation’s civil rights era.
“Selma”—which hits theaters next month—shines the spotlight on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the brave people that marched for voting rights 50 years ago. The movie is a historical adaptation of the multiple protests that occurred during an effort to walk the highway from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery.
Both artists have been vocal about the recent protests on social media, as well. Legend shared the song along with a bold message on Twitter this morning.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 4, 2014
— COMMON (@common) December 4, 2014