Gifted musician John Legend has lent his voice to the soundtrack for Selma, a civil rights film that follows Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma during 1965.
Backed by a gospel choir and an orchestra, the Common assisted tune hears Legend pleading for “Glory” to reign across the nation. “One day, when the glory comes / It will be ours, it will be ours / One day, when the war is won / We will be sure, we will be sure,” sings Legend on the moving chorus.
Common, who stars in the historical film, raps about the injustices of civil rights activist Rosa Parks and turmoil going on in Ferguson. “That’s why Rosa sat on the bus / That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up,” spits the actor-lyricist.
Selma arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.
Listen to “Glory” below.