The dynamic duo, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song from the film Selma, transformed the stage of the Dolby Theater into the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama and gave a performance that will go down in the history books.
During their acceptance speeches, Common talked about the spirit of the Edmund Pettus Bridge:
The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.
John Legend addressed the Voting Rights Act as well as the alarming statistics of the incarceration of black men:
We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850.