In an exclusive video shared on NME, Common and John Legend discussed how the two decided to collaborate together, explaining that the song is meant to capture the spirit of fighting for change that is demonstrated in the film and the inequality that “still exists.”
“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”
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