Common and John Legend spoke about voting rights and incarceration after winning Best Original Song for "Glory" for Selma. "'Selma' is now because the struggle for justice is now," Legend said. "We know that the voting rights that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised in this country today." He also said there are "more black men under correctional control today than were in slavery." The speech, and their performance of the song, left the Dolby Theater speechless and sparked a response on Twitter.
Proud of them. RT @MIKESCHAEFF Did you see the speech Common and John Legend made? Powerful. Hope it calls many Americans to action.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 23, 2015
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) February 23, 2015
John Legend: "The Voting Rights Act they fought for, 50 years ago, is compromised right now in this country today." #TheOscars2015
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 23, 2015
John Legend speaks out on voting rights and incarceration, in perhaps the most political moment of the night. Partial standing ovation.
— Ted Johnson (@tedstew) February 23, 2015
— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) February 23, 2015
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) February 23, 2015