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John Legend, Common pay tribute to John Lewis with 'Glory' performance at Democratic convention

John Legend, Common pay tribute to John Lewis with 'Glory' performance at Democratic convention
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John Legend and Common performed "Glory" as part of a tribute to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Harris now 'the most influential woman' in American politics Georgia Democrat introduces bill to bar Trump from Capitol after term ends MORE (D-Ga.) on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. 

Legend and Common wrote the Academy Award-winning song for the film "Selma," which depicts the 1965 voting rights march where Lewis played a key role as a civil rights leader.

Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17, months after announcing he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His death was followed by an outpouring of condolences and those remembering his legacy of work fighting racism and demanding equality and voting rights.

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The performance on Thursday followed a video dedicated to Lewis's memory and his iconic work on the frontlines of the early civil rights movement.

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The tribute to Lewis and the performance by Common and Legend drew an outpouring of praise and support on Twitter.  

Legend and Common both performed at the White House during former President Obama's tenure and have been vocal about their criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE

They have both also been active in calling for change as the Black Lives Matter movement has protested nationwide for an end to police brutality and racism.