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Watch: Common Oscar speech touts ‘spirit of this bridge,’ Chicago roots

Accepting the Oscar for best original song, South Side native Common recalled a time where he and John Legend sang “Glory” on the same Alabama bridge where Martin Luther King Jr. marched 50 years ago.


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“This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. … This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings.”

The call-to-arms anthem was written for the civil-rights drama “Selma.” Legend said it’s a musical symbol to the continued racial struggles in America. “When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you and march on.”

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