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Glory by John Legend ft. Common

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Katy Pham

on 7 April 2016

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Transcript of Glory by John Legend ft. Common

John Roger Stephens is better known by his stage name as John Legend. He is a singer, songwriter, and actor.
Glory by John Legend ft. Common
This song was written for the movie ‘Selma’ in 2014. The movie is about the Civil Rights Act that took place in 1964.

The Civil Rights had to do with discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

The message that John Legend was trying to indicate was that in the end, everyone is human.

In American history, freedom was important, because at the time, people of a different color, race, and gender were not treated equally.

The five-day Freedom March was lead by Martin Luther King, Jr. He and the Freedom Marchers brought awareness to those in the nation.

Throughout the song there are many examples of literary devices. John legend used symbolism and imagery throughout the song. The words he used told a story about the Civil Rights Act. He repeats the lines
“One day when the glory comes”
indicating that they have not achieved glory yet.

“The movement is a rhythm to us”
They think that it is the right thing to do to have the movement. Segregation makes them live in a constant world of fear. Everyone who fought against segregation made sacrifices. It also means that it is their natural instinct.

“Freedom is like religion to us”
They believe in having freedom. It is important to them and it is their right.

“Justice is juxtaposition in’ us”
Justice was close by them throughout the fight. They had a strong motivation which made them keep fighting.

“That’s why Rosa sat on the bus, That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up”
At the time, black people were not allowed on public transportation. Rosa sat on the bus to protest against segregation. Ferguson were riots also to end segregation.

Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. or Common is a recording artist, actor, film producer and poet from Illinois. He takes part in the rapping portion of this song.
Overall, I think that 'Glory' is a very inspirational song. John Legend and Common did a good job in summarizing the Civil Rights Movement.
The main focus of this song is inequality. It also talks about the deprivation of the people who were segregated. Since they were known as 'different,' they did not have as many necessities or rights.
Some of the punishments for disobeying their laws would be public humiliation and strong hoses.
"Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle"
Jim Crow was not a person. It was something that came to personify the system of government sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. It was named after a popular 19th-century song that stereotyped African Americans.
Katy Pham
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