In a sea of sappy acceptance speeches and mediocre jokes, rapper Common rose the the occasion with an acceptance speech for his Golden Globe win (with John Legend) for “Glory” from the movie Selma. With a speech that itself was fodder for an award, Common brought tears to the eyes of Selma cast members and audience A-listers alike.
The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. 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.