John Legend, Common give ‘glory’ to Martin Luther King Jr. during concert in Selma (video)

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SELMA, Alabama — As the first notes of “Glory,” the Golden Globe-winning song by musicians John Legend and Common, resonated in the air on Sunday evening, thousands of people gathered at the foot of the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge to listen.

The concert was one of several events on Sunday that featured the cast and crew of the film “Selma,” who were in Alabama to participate in a special march in honor Martin Luther King Jr. prior to Monday’s holiday.

Common and John Legend preform Glory on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the movie Selma. Legend talks about the feelings he had looking out on the crowd that gathered for the performance.
During the concert, Oprah Winfrey, Selma Mayor George Evans and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell stood near the front of the stage together to take in the performance. At moments, Winfrey appeared extremely emotional and was seen wiping away tears.

The Hollywood stars and local politicians also had a bit of fun during the concert by interacting with the public and taking photos in front of the stage together during the song.

Following the performance, actor David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, appeared on stage to end the night with a prayer that praised the acts of those involved in the Civil Rights movement and encouraged the youth in the audience to continue the fight for equality.

“Incredible things happened here,” said Oyelowo. “”I pray that the young people will see the glory and the power of themselves to enact change.”

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