Yesterday, the Roots bandleader Questlove called for more protest songs. The same day, a new song by John Legend and Common surfaced that explicitly links the ’50s and ’60s civil rights movement to the recent protests over the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. “Glory,” from the soundtrack to the December 25 historical drama Selma, is an unapologetically earnest and sweeping call to action and an affirmation that one day, to paraphrase Sam Cooke, a change is still gonna come. “That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up,” Common raps between Legend’s emotive, orchestra- and gospel-powered choruses. “Selma’s now, for every man woman and child.” Both Legend and Common have been vocal about Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, since the early going. Legend wrote yesterday: “50 years since Selma. Still marching.”
Listen to the song below and scroll down for a film trailer.