John Legend and Common let loose their burly ballad aptly titled “Glory,” adding yet another protest anthem to the torrent that’s been unleashed in the past few days. It finds the duo of Chi-town’s supreme MC and crooner delivering lines of empowerment over an arrangement lush with ivory and strings, marking our first taste of the forthcoming soundtrack for Selma, a biopic that chronicles Martin Luther King‘s pivotal march on the city and is already looking like a sure shot in the Oscar conversation, with a featured role from Com himself.
If you’ve yet to watch the gripping trailer for the film, jump back and do so immediately. Many of us might very well be too young to remember those days (myself included) but if there’s anything we can take from the abhorrent tragedies sustained by the Brown and Garner families, it’s the importance of solidarity amongst ourselves and the practice of non-violence in all of the subsequent protests. You can listen to John Legend and Common’s anthemic composition “Glory” below, just be sure to look out for the film in a theater near you when it drops on Christmas Day and please stay safe tonight if you intend to be out there making your voice heard.