Prior to Joe Biden’s speech to cap the 2020 Democratic National Convention on Thursday night (Aug. 20), John Legend and Common came together again to honor another great Democrat: Rep. John Lewis, the civil-rights leader who passed away last month at the age of 80.
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Following a video package honoring Lewis’ legacy, Legend and Common were shown sharing a stage and launching into “Glory,” the theme song for the 2014 Civil Rights Movement film Selma. While performing to what appeared to be an empty theater, the R&B star and hip-hop veteran were joined by a gospel choir, who were waiting in the wings to eventually harmonize on the song.
“Glory” won the Academy Award for best original song at the Oscars in 2015. Lewis played a prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery marches, and it has been proposed that the historic Edmund Pettis Bridge be re-named in his honor.
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