As expected, Selma, the film starring David Oyelowo and Oprah, didn’t win big at this year’s Academy Awards. The award winners clearly lacked diversity but the show’s attendees and performers didn’t let that make the film’s message null and void. During the show there were several moments that highlighted the need for equality and end of racism. In fact, the night’s most powerful moment came when the leading song from the film’s soundtrack was performed.
Just before winning their Academy Award for Best Original Song, Common and John Legend took to the stage at the Dolby Theatre to perform “Glory”. Their rousing performance of the song, which touches on the topic of racial injustice, was met by tears and a standing ovation.
2014 was a year that certainly re-ignited the conversation about racial injustice with protests around the world. Hopefully 2015 will be one that sparks change.
Watch Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” below.