Civil-rights soundtrack still on freedom highway

February 17, 2015 1:07 PM

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In the midst of the stirring "Glory," the musical centerpiece of the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma," Chicago rapper Common delivers a terse summation of how words, melody and a protest merged during the civil-rights movement.

The blood of dozens of African-Americans was spilled in the first of three attempted voting-rights marches to the Alabama capital of Montgomery from Selma 50 years ago, on March 7, 1965. But as "Glory" suggests, the legacy of Selma is hardly in the past.

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