John Legend Contributes Song to HBO Documentary Southern Rites

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Following his Academy Award-winning song “Glory,” John Legend has contributed another song to a film that explores race relations and tensions in the South.

Southern Rites is an upcoming documentary from HBO, which investigates neighboring towns in southeast Georgia that remain embroiled in racism. The film is directed by photographer Gillian Laub, who first visited Montgomery County, Ga. back in 2009 to document its high school’s segregated proms.

Legend, also an executive producer of the documentary, contributed the song “We Still Believe,” saying the track is “more about the protestors [of racism] … [t]hat their voices matter and they have the power to make an impact.”

In the film, Laub returns a year later to document the county’s first integrated prom, an event that collides with the murder of a 22-year-old black man by a white resident in a neighboring county. While the case unfolds, the director also follows the election of Calvin Burns, who hopes to become Montgomery County’s first black sheriff.

Southern Rites will premiere on HBO May 18, marking the 61st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Watch the trailer below.

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