The Talladega College marching band is scheduled to march at President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s inaugural parade January 20. The Alabama historically black college recently confirmed their participation shortly after the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the announcement.
The decision sparked heavy debate on campus. Talladega College President Billy Hawkins feels students could learn valuable lessons from the experience that can’t be taught in a classroom.
“We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade,” Hawkins said in his statement.
“As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power,” he added.
Talladega’s Class of 1974 Shirley Ferrill said she didn’t want her alma mater to appear to be supporting Trump.
“After how black people were treated at Trump’s rallies, you’re going to go and shuck and jive down Pennsylvania Avenue? For what?” another opponent of the plans, Seinya SamForay of Chicago, said in an interview.
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S/o @talledegacollege band. They definitely showed out at the Magic City Classic Parade, I enjoyed listening to them. I wished they could've played in the game, it would've really made the game a bit more interesting! #MagicCityClassic #MarchingBand #Birmingham #Alabama #TalledegaCollegeBand #TC #Tornadoes
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