Common gave a moving speech that brought Oprah Winfrey-- and countless others-- to tears at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California Sunday. Prince was a surprise guest and handed the Best Original Score award to John Legend and Common for their song "Glory," which appeared in "Selma."
When Common began his speech, he first referenced women who struggled to get the right to vote. Without saying any specific names -- like Trayvon Martin or Michel Brown -- he mentioned an unarmed teen who was unjustly shot. Then he finished by referencing the two New York Police officers who were shot and killed while the worked to keep the public safe. He also thanked “Selma” director Ava DuVernay for her vision and bringing awareness to civil rights.
“I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press. The first day I stepped on the set of 'Selma,' I began to feel this was bigger than a movie,” Common said on the Golden Globes stage. “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 and I think you Ava, you are a superhero…”
"Now is our time to change the world,” he said.
Check out the full speech below:
Common’s speech became a hot topic on Twitter, with many people praising the rapper for his moving words. Some of their posts have been listed here:
"SELMA has awakened my humanity." -- actor/rapper Common, accepting Best Song award for "Glory" with co-star John Legend. #GoldenGlobes
— Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) January 12, 2015
— Stephanie Frederic (@stepfredla) January 12, 2015
— Sheri Riley® (@SheriRiley) January 12, 2015
— Debra Lee (@IamDebraLee) January 12, 2015
— Ifeoma (Ify) Ike (@IfyIkeEsq) January 12, 2015
Anybody who missed the speech Common made needs to find it someplace on the Internet and watch it. #GoldenGlobes
— Devon Haas (@DevonHaas) January 12, 2015
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