During the rousing performance of the song “Glory” from the film ‘Selma’, tears streamed down the face of David Oyelowo, who played the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma”. Immediately afterward, John Legend and Common accepted the best song Oscar with a speech that drew a standing ovation.
“We say that ‘Selma’ is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” said Legend of the period film. “We know that the voting rights act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justices where we live in the most incarcerated country in the world.”