Common’s powerful Golden Globe speech pays homage to Ferguson, NYPD officers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Sunday night’s Golden Globe for Best Original Song was presented to Rapper Common and Singer-Songwriter John Legend for their original soundtrack, ‘Glory’ from the movie ‘Selma.’

After the award was presented by Singer-Songwriter,Prince, Common captivated the audience with a thought provoking freestyle speech referencing his experience while participating the in making of the film, Ferguson and the two NYPD officers killed in the line of duty.

“The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said.

“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 who was 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.”

The film was also nominated for 2015 Best Motion Picture, Drama.

To hear the song in its entirety, visit

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