Phew, finally some uplifting news.
“Glory,” the theme song from civil rights movie “Selma” just got a Miami makeover.
Nearly 500 students across Miami-Dade County came together to recreate a cover music video of the song for Guitars Over Guns, a nonprofit helping disadvantaged youth find their voices, literally.
The inspirational track was originally recorded by John Legend, Common and Rhymefest in 2014 for the film that chronicled the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.
And the video, directed by Milcho, is such a perfect distraction right now amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“One day when the glory comes, it will be ours, it will be ours,” they sing. “Oh, one day when the war is won we will be sure, we will be sure. Oh glory.”
The kids in the video rehearsed after school for months, according to Chad Bernstein, president, CEO and co-founder of Guitars Over Guns, and really gave it their all.
“We hope that this interpretation amplifies those voices,” he said. “’Glory’ represents their collective creative expression, using Selma as both inspiration and a context to look at social justice in today’s world.”
It didn’t hurt that Legend and Common are huge music stars and the students look up to them.
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“They embody the power of music to provoke the conversations that we often can’t engage in without the arts,” Bernstein added.
This story was originally published March 26, 2020 11:04 AM.