Common, feat. John Legend: Glory

Written by Joshua Blue

Tenor

June 8, 2020

In response to current protests against police brutality, NYFOS is re-posting Songs of the Day from tenor Joshua Blue, who has been bringing our attention to the Black Lives Matter movement on Song of the Day since 2017. He is currently requesting donations to support the Equal Justice Initiative.

Written for the movie 2014 film Selma which followed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this Oscar winning song connects the struggle and victories from the civil rights era to modern America and the battle that continues to wage for equality between all races. “We say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now” (Common, Academy Awards acceptance speech).

“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”

Originally posted on August 7, 2017

Joshua Blue

British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Mr. Blue has performed in several standout NYFOS programs, including Protest, W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues, and Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.

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