"Glory and the Continuing Civil Rights Movement"

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How does John Legend and Common’s song “Glory” signal Civil Rights movements of the past and the present?

In this lesson, students compare the music video for “Glory” with archival footage of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington, and draw parallels between the lyrics of “Glory” and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Students then analyze Alicia Garza’s speech “Why Black Lives Matter,” to discover how Common and Legend draw parallels between the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter Movement occurring when the song “Glory” was written.

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