Sharp Notes Monday: ‘Glory’

This week marks the 58th anniversary of an event which shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement.

A group of 600 voting rights advocates attempted to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, but they were confronted by state troopers, who attacked them brutally.

Photo and videos of the attacks prompted outrage across the nation. Eventually, a federal court order was issued to allow the protest. The marchers crossed the bridge on March 21 and continued to Montgomery, the state capitol.

The march and the events surrounding it were depicted in the 2014 film Selma. Common and John Legend wrote the song “Glory” for the film, and it earned both the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

As we reflect on Bloody Sunday, Glory is this week’s Sharp Notes Monday selection.

As part of our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media project, we share a song every Monday to start your week.

View previous Sharp Notes Monday selections.

Visit our “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” music and social media page to learn more about the project and view videos of our presentations.

Categories: Jandoli Institute, Music and Social Justice, Sharp Notes Monday, Sharp Notes Sharp Thoughts


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