Fifty years ago today, Alabama State Troopers attacked voting-rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In commemoration of that historic event, I’m posting a video of the Academy-Award-Winning song Glory from the movie Selma. Glory was written by John Legend, Common and Che Smith. The video includes the lyrics to the song.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court of the United States eviscerated the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Last year, Dana Liebelson (Mother Jones) wrote an article titled The Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act. Liebelson said when the Roberts court weakened the civil-rights-era law, the Chief Justice wrote that “our country has changed.” Liebelson said Roberts was wrong.
When the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn a key section of the Voting Rights Act last June, Justice Ruth Ginsburg warned that getting rid of the measure was like “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” The 1965 law required that lawmakers in states with a history of discriminating against minority voters get federal permission before changing voting rules. Now that the Supreme Court has invalidated this requirement, GOP lawmakers across the United States are running buck wild with new voting restrictions.
Selma Movie – Glory Lyric Video
Excerpt from GLORY
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh one day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory (Glory, glory)
Oh (Glory, glory)
Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every day women and men become legends
Sins that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtapositionin’ us
Justice for all just ain’t specific enough
One son died, his spirit is revisitin’ us
Truant livin’ livin’ in us, resistance is us
That’s why Rosa sat on the bus
That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, “Stay down”, and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up
Click here to read the rest of the lyrics from GLORY.